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Army August 2, 2012
NINE Australian World War I soldiers are now buried
in known graves after a headstone dedication ceremony
at the Fromelles Military Cemetary to mark the 96th
anniversary of the battle.
Attending the ceremony alongside relatives of the
soldiers, Defence Parliamentary Secretary Senator
David Feeney said the dedication marked another sig-
nificant milestone in honouring the men who fought on
the Western Front.
"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," he said.
The latest nine Australian soldiers were identified
by name in March. They are among 250 Australian
and British soldiers who are buried in the Fromelles
(Pheasant wood) Military Cemetery.
When added to the 110 Australians identified in
2010 and 2011, this brings the total named soldiers to
119, all of them Australian.
Another 92 have been identified as unnamed
Australians and two soldiers have been identified as
serving with the British Army. Thirty-seven more
"I am very pleased to be able to share this moment
with family members of Australian soldiers. It is
proof that no matter how many years have passed,
Australians do not forget those who have sacrificed
their lives in time of war," Senator Feeney said.
The Army's Fromelles project team will continue to
work towards identifying all of the 250 soldiers discov-
ered near Fromelles in 2009 until 2014.
Relatives of soldiers who died in the Battle of
Fromelles are encouraged to contact Army to help
identify the remaining 131 men.
For more information go to www.army.gov.au/fromelles or call
1800 019 090.
NINE TO REMEMBER
Pte Leonard Broadhurst, 23, 55th Battalion.
Pte Robert Forland, 19, 53rd Battalion.
Pte John Forrest, 24, 54th Battalion.
Pte John Goulding, 32, 31st Battalion.
Pte William Jamieson, 18, 31st Battalion.
Pte Arthur Johnson, 38, 29th Battalion.
Cpl Alfred Tuck, 21, 29th Battalion.
Pte Claude Ward, 23, 30th Battalion.
Pte John Wynn, 19, 30th Battalion.
Time running out
for uniform survey
Last chance to have a say on future ceremonial and general duties dress
RSM-A WO David Ashley is looking for more
input to influence the future of ceremonial and gen-
eral dress uniforms (polyesters).
A survey has been available online since May 28
seeking detailed feedback on the current uniform and
future options and has been extended to allow for maxi-
The survey is the first step in phase three of the
Army uniform review, which has been running since
2009. Earlier phases resulted in a number of uniform
changes, including making DPCU dress of the day.
For the phase three survey, WO Ashley is seeking
responses from at least 20 per cent of the uniformed
workforce to ensure members' views are accurately
"There have already been a high number of surveys
completed, but we still need more to make sure deci-
sions about ceremonial and general dress uniforms
reflect the needs of soldiers," he said.
"We're particularly interested in the views of reserv-
ists and diggers and we're encouraging their chains of
command to facilitate access to the online survey for
these members. At the moment we have more respons-
es from lieutenant colonels than lance corporals!"
WO Ashley said the survey asked detailed questions
on accoutrements, placement of and design of rank,
size range, comfort and fit. It also provides an opportu-
nity to give feedback on the Army's current uniforms.
"Although Army's development of ceremonial and
general dress uniforms must meet functionality and
cost considerations, participation in the survey is a
chance to have a direct input into our uniform identity,"
Concept designs will be produced based on input
from the survey and will be presented to soldiers in a
road show next year.
To complete the survey, go to http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
Be heard: Personnel are being encouraged to have a say on future ceremonial
and general duties dress (polyesters) through an intranet survey.
File photo by Lauren Black
Correcting the record
THE story Riding for fallen mates (Army #1286, July 19)
referred to the secretary of the Commando Welfare Trust
as Maj Steve Pilmore. Although Maj Pilmore is a reserv-
ist, his role with the trust is as a civilian and he should
have been referred to as Mr Steve Pilmore. Army apolo-
gises for the editing error and any inconvenience it may
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