Archive for August 2nd, 2008

Update: Australian dead at Fromelles to get cemetary

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Remember the horrible sad fate of Australian troops who fought in the Battle of Fromelles in 1916? I posted a couple of months ago about a Scottish archaeologists finding a mass grave with remains of Australian Diggers.

Well, the exhumation is still going on, and now the Australian and British governments have decided to join forces to create a proper cemetery for the remains of the fallen.

“Having done the initial excavation, the remains are in sufficiently good order that we believe they can be exhumed as individual skeletons,” Mr Snowdon said last night.

Planning for the cemetery will begin immediately, and subject to the approval of French authorities, recovery of the remains could commence in the middle of next year. Work is under way to confirm the names of those believed buried at the Pheasant Wood site.

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