Rededication Captain Ernest Parry (Frank Mahieu) - Sint-Juliaan - 13/10/2022
On Oct. 12th 2022, at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery (Langemark) a rededication ceremony was held for Captain Ernest Charles Parry of the 1st. Battalion Auckland Infantry Regiment (16th Waikato Coy). He was killed on 6 October 1917, aged 31, at the Battle of Passchendaele (3rd Battle of Ypres). Captain Parry, who was from Paeroa (North Island of New Zealand), is commemorated on the New Zealand Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing but until now had no known grave. Thanks to the research of Freddy Deklerck of the NZPT Capt. Parry has been identified and now finally has a known grave.

Master of Ceremony was Wing Commander Gareth Russell, RNZAF, and the service was conducted by Revd. Andrew McMullon of St. George's Memorial Church, Ypres. The ceremony was, amongst others, attended by H. E Diane Reaich, the New Zealand Ambassador, also by Group Captain John Dickson British Military attaché and other local civil and military officials. As usual the CWGC provided the new headstone of which they will take care for ever. LEST WE FORGET

Op 12 oktober 2022 werd op Dochy Farm New British Cemetery (Langemark) een herinwijdingsceremonie gehouden voor Captain Ernest Charles Parry van het 1st. Battalion Auckland Infantry Regiment. Hij sneuvelde op 6 oktober 1917 op de leedftijd van 31 jaar in de Slag van Passendale  (3e Slag bij Ieper). De ceremonie werd geleid door Wing Commander Gareth Russel (RNZAF) en voorgegaan in gebed door Rev. Andrew McMullon. De Nieuw Zeelandse Ambassadeur, H. E. Diana Reaich woonde de plechtigheid bij alsook de Britse Militaire Attaché Group Captain John  Dickson en verschillende lokale militaire en burgerlijke autoriteiten. De CWGC zorgde zoals steeds voor de nieuwe grafsteen die ze, samen met alle andere, zal blijven verzorgen voorgoed. LEST WE FORGET

The new headstone for Captain Ernest Charles Parry, killed 6 October 1917.

Welcome and introduction by Master of ceremony Wing Commander Gareth Russell (RNZAF)

Revd. Andrew McMullon leads the ceremony.

Official representatives at the ceremony.

Revd. Andrew McMullon, Chaplain of St. George's Memorial Church, Ypres.

Freddy Deklerck gives the account of the research that led him to the identification.

Freddy Deklerck gives the account of the research that led him to the identification.

Reading by the NZ Ambassador, H. E. Diana Reaich of the poem 'My boy Jack'.

Wing Commander Gareth Russell removes the flag of the new headstone.

The NZ Ambassador presents the flag to Mr. Freddy Deklerck.

Lies Verholle sings 'O Valiant Hearts'

Revd. McMullon rededicates the new headstone.

General view

The Last Post by buglers of the Last Post Association (Ypres)

Standards lowered during the Last Post

Military salute during the Last Post

wreath laying by NZ Ambassador, H. E. Diana Reaich

wreath laying by Wing Commander Gareth Russell RNZAF

wreath laying and salute by Wing Commander Gareth Russell RNZAF

wreath laying and salute by Laurent Hoornaert, alderman of Langemark-Poelkapelle

wreath laying by a Belgian Military delegation

wreath laying by a 2nd. Belgian Military delegation

Wreath laying by Gr. Captain John Dickson (Military Attaché UK) on behalf op the British Embassy.

Wreath laying and salute by the European director of the CWGC dhr. Bekaert

Wreath laying by Col. Onraedt on behalf of the RBL Ypres Branch

Wreath laying on behalf of the Passchendaele Society by Johan Dejonghe

Lies Verholle sings both the New Zealand and Belgian Anthem

RBL standard salute

prayer by Revd. McMullon

the gravesite of Captain Parry with the new headstone and the wreaths in tribute to him.
No longer unknown but known where he is resting. Lest We Forget.

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