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Army April 12, 2012
NINE more Australian WWI dig-
gers have been identified of the 250
Australian and British soldiers recov-
ered from Pheasant Wood in France in
The latest identifications, announced by
Defence Science and Personnel Minister
Warren Snowdon on March 31, brings the
number of Australians identified to 119.
"Australia will always pay tribute to
our fallen sons from those dark days of the
First World War," Mr Snowdon said.
A further 92 Australians remain uni-
dentified, along with two unidentified
British soldiers and another 37 whose
graves are marked as "Unidentified Soldier
of the Great War".
"We are determined to identify as
many of these brave Australians as pos-
sible," Mr Snowdon said.
"We are encouraged by the suc-
cess, made possible by the large num-
ber of extended family members, both in
Australia and in Britain, who have pro-
vided DNA samples to assist with identi-
"The additional identifications dem-
onstrate the tenacity and dedication of a
great team and how the latest scientific
methods and great research can produce
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison said the
involvement of the families of those dig-
gers who remained unaccounted for had
been vital to the identification process.
"We currently have almost 3000 fam-
Families play a vital role in identification
ily members' details in our records but
we still need more," he said.
"If you think you might be related to
a soldier who remains unaccounted for
from the Battle of Fromelles, please get
in contact with the Army."
The remains of the 250 soldiers
recovered in 2009 were reburied with
full military honours at a new cemetery,
the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military
Cemetery in Fromelles last year.
The Commonwealth War Graves
Commission will erect new headstones
with the newly identified men's details
to be dedicated on July 20 during the
annual commemoration of the Battle of
The Army's Fromelles Project team can be
contacted by phone on 1800 019 090 or on
the website www.army.gov.au/Our-work/
3013 Pte Leonard Broadhurst 55th Bn
4779 Pte Robert Forland 53rd Bn
3046 Pte John Forrest 54th Bn
555 Pte Joh Goulding 31st Bn
2144 Pte William Jamieson 31st Bn
2203 Pte Arthur Johnson 29th Bn
1252 Cpl Alfred Tuck 29th Bn
2184 Pte Claude Ward 30th Bn
2485 Pte John Wynn 30th Bn
WHO THEY ARE
HISTORICAL records of former
Australian prisoners of war held
by the Japanese Government have
been handed over to the Australian
The Australian Embassy in
Tokyo will arrange for the records
to be safely dispatched to the
National Archives of Australia.
More than 16 volumes, includ-
ing name-identified records, will
be handed over to the archives
and carefully prepared for public
With some of the records in
a fragile condition, the archives
will undertake a rigorous process
of careful examination and prepa-
ration so they can be digitised
and made available to the public
It is expected that most of the
records will become publicly avail-
able towards the end of this year.
Veterans' Affairs Minister
Warren Snowdon said the records
would provide families with previ-
ously unseen vital information on
their loved ones and help to iden-
tify where a prisoner was held.
"These records will help to
increase our understanding of the
experiences of some of the 20,000
Australian prisoners of war held by
the Japanese throughout Asia dur-
ing the Second World War," he said.
World War II prisoner records to go online
TWO Australian soldiers buried at the Port Moresby
(Bomana) War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea have
been identified after almost 67 years.
Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon announced on March 31 that Lt Scobell
McFerran-Rogers and Pte John Whitworth, of the Z
Special Unit, had been identified.
"They were members of a patrol sent to rescue
downed US airmen in the Celebes (Sulawesi), in what
was then the Netherlands East Indies and is now
Indonesia," Mr Snowdon said.
The men were identified after an exhaustive inves-
tigation carried out by the Army's Unrecovered War
"I sincerely hope that the identification of Lt
McFerran-Rogers and Pte Whitworth will bring
some closure to their families, knowing they will
now be recognised by name at the Bomana War
Cemetery," Mr Snowdon said.
Also identified was a Timorese interpreter named
Roestan, who was attached to the Z Special Unit
patrol and was buried with the two Australians at the
"The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
has received the Army's recommendations and new
headstones will be installed in the coming months,"
Mr Snowdon said.
"I hope we will be able to dedicate those head-
stones during the 70th anniversary commemorations
of the Kokoda and Milne Bay campaigns."
New Guinea fallen identified
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