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 burial pits where the German Army buried British and Australian soldiers following the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. Guillaume, who was recently in Australia for work experience for 5 months, has sent the photos as a contrast with the Australian summer.

Photo: Sgt Simon Fraser with a Cobber in the evening sunlight, Australian Memorial Park, Fromelles [Guillaume Moreel]


Photo: Evening sunlight at VC Corner Australian Cemetery [Guillaume Moreel]

Photo: At the going down of the sun: looking towards the Sugarloaf from VC Corner Australian Cemetery [Guillaume Moreel]

Photo: Sunset across old battlefields, Fromelles [Guillaume Moreel]


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.

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