Polygon Wood is a large wood 1.6 kilometres south of the village of Zonnebeke which was completely devastated in the First World War. The wood was cleared by Commonwealth troops at the end of October 1914, given up on 3 May 1915, taken again at the end of September 1917 by Australian troops, evacuated in the Battles of the Lys, and finally retaken by the 9th (Scottish) Division on 28 September 1918.
There you will find a burial ground named ‘Buttes New British Cemetery’ with the ‘New Zealand Memorial’. It commemorates 383 officers and men of the New Zealand Division. On top of the 'butte' (hill) you will find the Memorial of the 5th Australian Division. In Polygon Wood there are still remains of several shelters. Each year on ANZAC Day (25 April), the efforts of the ANZAC soldiers are commemorated during a service called 'Dawn Service'. Polygon Wood Cemetery lies on the other side of the road.

Where

Lange Dreve 
8980 Zonnebeke

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