Monday, 19 July 2010

Fromelles Cemetery Opened

94 years after the Battle of Fromelles, and 50 years since the opening of the last Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery is opened.

The cemetery is the grave site of 250 Australian and British soldiers who died on July 19, 1916, in what was a diversionary action during the Battle of the Somme. 94 of the bodies, all Australians, have been identified through DNA testing. See the video on the New Fromelles exhibition at Imperial War Museum from War Graves Commission.

A certain well known German Corporal, a messenger runner in the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment, was a participant during the battle.

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