From the Wires
Plans for First War Cemetery to be Built in Fifty Years Made Public
- With Photo
By: PR Newswire
Apr. 22, 2009 06:51 AM
The new cemetery, to be known as Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military
Cemetery, will be used to re-inter with dignity the remains of up to 400
Australian and British servicemen who died during the Battle of Fromelles in
The Commission's Director-General,
Work on the new cemetery will begin in
The location for the new cemetery has been decided after much careful deliberation by the Commission's horticultural and structural experts and following discussions with the people of Fromelles, and the Australian, British and French authorities.
A virtual image of how the cemetery will look upon completion is available from the Commission's press office.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is responsible for marking and maintaining the graves of those members of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars, for building and maintaining memorials to the dead whose graves are unknown and for providing records and registers of these 1.7 million burials and commemorations found in most countries around the world. For more information visit http://www.cwgc.org
2. Background to Fromelles Operation
The Battle of Fromelles began on
Within a twenty-four hour period the 5th Australian Division had suffered 5,533 casualties, of which 1,780 were killed, and the 61st British Division suffered the loss of 1,547 men killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
The group burial at Pheasant Wood was confirmed during a limited
A full archaeological excavation of the site and individual
re-interment of remains in the new Commonwealth War Cemetery at Fromelles
is scheduled to commence in
A picture accompanying this release is available through the PA Photowire. It can be downloaded from http://www.pa-mediapoint.press.net or viewed at http://www.mediapoint.press.net or http://www.prnewswire.co.uk.
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