On 1st July 2010 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will release its latest publication – Remembering Fromelles.
Remembering Fromelles covers the story behind the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery:
‘In May 2009 archaeologists began to excavate the remains of 250 British and Australian soldiers, buried behind German lines after the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916 – undiscovered, for nearly a century until an Australian historian, Lambis Englezos, convinced military authorities that they were there.
Whose sons, brothers, husbands or lovers were they? In carefully compiling all the various pieces of the puzzle, the process of piecing together identification touches on personal family histories.
‘Excerpts from family members complete the picture and explain what it means to be caught up in this story nearly a century after the battle.
‘This commemorative publication includes a detailed history of the battle as well as charting the story of the discovery of the mass graves, the archaeology behind the excavations, the question of identification, process of reburial and the construction undertaken of the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery since the end of the Second World War.’
Limited quantities of the book will be available in Australia. For details please contact :
WAR BOOK SHOP
13 Veronica Place
Phone: 02 9542 6771 Fax: 02 9542 6787
Members of the Families and Friends of First AIF please quote your membership number when placing your order for a Members’ price.
The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French Governments for affording Australian and British soldiers dignified individual reburials in the new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds the Australian and British Governments for their joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.