14 More Fromelles Diggers Named

Posted by admin on Apr 7, 2011

A further 14 World War I Australian soldiers killed in the 1916 Battle of Fromelles have been identified. Veterans Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon said the diggers, originally from NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, were among 250 Australian and British soldiers recovered from mass graves in Pheasant Wood, France, in 2009.

Mr Snowdon said it brought the total number of Australians identified at Fromelles to 110. But, of the 250 recovered soldiers, 100 Australians and two Britons remain unnamed. The Battle of Fromelles on July 19, 1916, was the first action in which Australian troops fought on the Western Front. It proved disastrous.

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