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New Zealand Army Private to Return 1917 German Wallet at Passchendaele

New Zealand army Private Hayden Cullen is visiting Passchendaele, Belgium, for centenary celebrations and intends to trace a German family to return the wallet of an unknown soldier.In this video, released on October 7 by New Zealand Defence Force, Cullen tells the story of his grandfather, John Raymond Cullen, who was handed a wallet by an unknown German soldier in 1918.Cullen intends to track down the family of this soldier, after his own family has attempted to find out its origins.“They’re (my family) pinning their hopes on me now, so in a last-ditch effort I’ve brought the wallet back to Europe.”“Failing that, I’m hoping the power of the media and social media will connect our family with the family of the German officer – Herr H. Held, of Hannover. We owe them a great deal for what their ancestor did for ours.”Cullen will attend the centenary commemorations in Belgium at the New Zealand National Commemorative Service for the Battle of Passchendaele on October 12. Credit: New Zealand Defence Force via Storyful
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