Category Archives: The Western Front

Mont St Quentin Plans

In April 2009, the Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, The Hon. Alan Griffin MP announced the concept of an integrated trail of commemoration on the Western Front to foster a deeper appreciation of what Australians achieved and endured in the main … Continue reading

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Fromelles burials begin

FFFAIF Members Johan Durnez and Anny de Decker travelled from Belgium to Fromelles for the service for the interment of the first of the 250 Australian and British soldiers in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery at 11 a.m. 30th … Continue reading

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Hill 60 view to go?

The City Council of Ieper has granted planning permission for the building of a large “family house” directly opposite the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company Monument and the pedestrian entrance to the Hill 60 site. The view of Ieper, for which so … Continue reading

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1st Aust Tunnelling Co

Edgeworth David, Professor of Geology at Sydney University and Ernest Skeats, Professor of Geology at Melbourne University proposed formation of the Mining Corps to the Federal Government early in 1915 and by June 1916 the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company was operational … Continue reading

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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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