On Thursday 3 September 2009 FFFAIF member Lambis Englezos joined 165 fellow recipients of Australian Honours and Awards at Victoria’s Government House to be presented with his AM and invested as a Member of the Order of Australia by Victorian Governor, Professor David de Kretser.
Photo: Lambis Englezos and his family at his Investiture at Victoria’s Government House [Lambis Englezos]
Lambis was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia, within the General Division, for ‘Service to the community through research and advocacy roles relating to Australian soldiers of the Great War buried in Fromelles, France’ in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. For more details on Lambis’ award see RECENT NEWS item: Lambis Englezos AM.
The Families and Friends of the First AIF applauds the joint Australian–UK decision, announced by The Hon Greg Combet AM MP and the Hon Kevan Jones MP, to conduct a full DNA testing program on the remains of Australian and British soldiers found in mass graves at Pheasant Wood (Fromelles), and for their continuing commitment to identify as many of the fallen as is possible. We also thank the Australian, UK and French governments for affording dignified individual reburials for these soldiers, buried by German soldiers following the Battle of Fromelles on 19/20 July 1916, in the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery presently under construction at Fromelles.