Category Archives: The Western Front

Snow in Fromelles

Guillaume Moreel has sent some outstanding photos of the snow at the Cobbers statue and at VC Corner Australian Cemetery near Fromelles. Guillaume is the grandson of Madame Marie-Paule Demassiet, the lady who donated the land at Pheasant Wood that included the … Continue reading

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Snow in Polygon Wood

Johan Vandewalle, who operates the ANZAC Rest (de Dreve) cafe at Polygon Wood and was a key person in the recovery of the 5 Australian soldiers at Zonnebecke and the subsequent identification of 3 of them, has sent the following photographs of … Continue reading

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Western Front Christmas

As Christmas Day approaches it is time to reflect on the Christmas experiences of the AIF during the Great War. Photo: Christmas silk postcard [Hosken Collection] The following poem was written by Private Leslie George Rub (No 3892) 2nd Pioneer … Continue reading

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*Cobbers School

On Saturday 10 October, the Australian Ambassador to France, His Excellency, Mr David A. Ritchie, officially opened the renovations and extensions to the Fromelles village school. The school is now officially known as the Cobbers. The renaming of the school … Continue reading

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*Tour Update

The announcement of the inaugural Commemorative Western Front Battlefield Tour has been well received by FFFAIF members. The tour will take place from 14th – 27th July 2010. The tour will give members a comprehensive view of the Australian battlefields … Continue reading

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*Where in the world?

Where in the World is Lambis Englezos? FFFAIF member Lambis Englezos AM has recently returned to Australia from France after visiting the Pheasant Wood site at Fromelles where the excavation and exhumation of the allied soldiers buried by the German Army following the … Continue reading

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Aubers Ridge Service

Battle of Aubers Ridge The Battle of Aubers Ridge was fought by the British on 9 May 1915.  British troops from General Sir Douglas Haig’s First Army took part in the action suffering 11,000 casualties in one day of fighting … Continue reading

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*Last Post Service

Members of the FFFAIF who will be in the Ieper area on Monday 4 May 2009 are invited to take part in the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate - where a wreath will be laid on behalf of the Association. … Continue reading

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Briefing Room No.3

While visiting the Western Front in the Spring of 2008 FFFAIF member Stuart Curry met Johan Vandewalle. Here is the first part of Stuart’s story about his time spent on the Battlefields with Johan. Johan Vandewalle owns a small café called … Continue reading

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*Briefing Room No.2

The Wellington Quarry, Battle of Arras Memorial Photo: The entrance to The Wellington Quarry, Arras. May 2008. [Chris Munro] The Battle of Arras  was fought from 9 April to 16 May 1917, in Pas-de-Calais, France. In preparation for the battle … Continue reading

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