LE QUESNOY LIBERATION CENTENNIAL TRIP TO FRANCE
The Cambridge Brass Band are going to be in France in November this year to participate in the centennial commemorations of the liberation of Le Quesnoy by the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. On the fourth of November 1918 during the Second Battle of Sambre the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, part of the New Zealand Division, liberated the small French fortified town of Le Quesnoy from over four years of german occupation. There was no loss of life to the civilian population and little damage to the town. Inorder to minimise damage and civilian casualties there had been no artillery bombardment and the brigade resorted to floats and ladders to overcome the flooded moats and medieval ramparts of the old town.
Cambridge Brass will play at ceremony in the town marking the hundreth anniversary of its liberation as well as at the site of the to be completed New Zealand Museum in Le Quesnoy. This museum will commemorate the contributions made by New Zealanders in Europe in all the wars for which New Zealand has fought. Elements of the band will also play at various civil engagements.
Many of the band members travelling to France are still at school. All contributions are appreciated, so please give if you can on our “givealittle” page.