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Army August 4, 2011
On a cloudy July evening in
the north of France, a poign-
ant and moving ceremony
was held to dedicate 14
headstones at the Fromel
Wood) Military Cemetery
Marking the 95th anniv
sary of the Battle of Frome
relatives of young soldiers
died in World War I were able
to witness the results of the Australian
Unrecovered War Casualties team's work.
Family members, dignitaries and
Fromelles residents gathered on July 19
as a mark of respect for the young men
from Australia who travelled half way
around the world to serve their country
and its allies.
The ceremony honoured a commit-
ment and fulfilled a pledge that these
young men would never be forgotten.
Among the 50 relatives of the sol-
diers who made their way to Fromelles
was John Sheridan whose grandfather Pte
Thomas Sheridan was remembered.
"I was determined to come here and
pay my respects," Mr Sheridan said.
"My grandfather was an instructing
officer who wanted to enlist at an early
For Tpr Russell Woodward, 2 Cav
Regt, it was an inspiration to see the
monument at VC Corner, dedicated to
his great uncle, Sgt Simon Fraser, who
carried wounded comrades in the face of
enemy fire at Fromelles in 1916.
"It truly was amazing to see how they
suffered all these losses, to be here as an
Australian Army member is truly inspir-
ing," Tpr Woodward said.
He recently returned from deploy-
ment to Afghanistan and made his
way to Fromelles to witness the
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon paid his
respects to the 14 WWI soldiers at a
headstone dedication ceremony.
The 95th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles was celebrated with the dedication of another 14 headstones.
Rukshan Abeyaratne reports on the moving ceremony.
Respect for the fallen
The 14 soldiers remembered on July 19, 2011:
3327 Pte George William Hungerford, 53rd Battalion
4811 Pte Percy Geason, 55th Battalion
1390 Pte Herbert James Haslam, 29th Battalion
4744 Pte Albert Clive Bromley, 53rd Battalion
Capt Thomas Francis Sheridan, 29th Battalion
4420 LCpl William Andrew Craigie, 54th Battalion
1590 Cpl Charles William Murray, 30th Battalion
3310 Cpl Frederick Fletcher, 55th Battalion
325 Pte Maurice Leslie Reid, 32nd Battalion
4299 Pte Arthur Russell, 54th Battalion
1168 Cpl David Frederick Livingston, 29th Battalion
2056 Pte Matthew Hepple, 30th Battalion
743 Pte Daniel Bernard Ryan, 30th Battalion
311 Pte Leslie Gordon Walsh, 31st Battalion
"This is another significant milestone
in honouring the men who fought on the
Western Front," Mr Snowdon said.
"These men died during the bloodiest
24 hours in Australia's military history
and almost a century on, we can finally
give them, and their families, the dignity
of a known grave."
Due to the continued work of the
Unrecovered War Casualties team and the
United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence,
110 soldiers have been identified from the
Fromelles Military Cemetery. Two sol-
diers have been identified as serving with
the British Forces and 38 soldiers remain
"known unto God".
The project to recover, identify, rein-
ter and commemorate 250 soldiers dis-
covered in France in 2009 will continue
for the next three years and relatives of
soldiers who died in the battle are encour-
aged to contact Army in efforts to identify
the remaining 140 men.
To register your details go to http://www.army.
Honouring the diggers: Children
from Cobbers School Fromelles join
the ceremony (above) as Defence
Science and Personnel Minister
Warren Snowdon and senior
Australian representative to NATO
and the EU Maj-Gen Brian Dawson
pay their respects during The Last
Photos by Alastair Miller
Solemn moment: A bugler plays The
Last Post in Fromelles.
Photo by Alastair Miller
Photo by POA Mez Merrill
Cpl David Frederick Livingston
Pte Maurice Leslie Reid
Photo courtesy of AWM
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