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One of the newsworthy genealogy-related project going on now is excavations underway at Pheasant Wood, near the French village of Fromelles, the site of a series of pits, the mass graves for Australian and British soldiers killed in action during the Great War Battle of Fromelles .
This Commonwealth War Graves Commission project is working to have remains, which were buried by German forces, permanently laid to rest in individual graves at a new CWGC cemetery.
The CWGC records suggest that between 19 and 21 July 1916 the Australian dead at Fromelles numbered 1,780, the British 503.
There is a project web site here, that includes lists of names of Australian and British soldiers some of whom are thought likely to be buried at Pheasant Wood here.
The list of names was developed by Peter Barton, a First World War historian and author with the help of records in the basement of the Red Cross headquarters in Geneva blogged about here last March.