Remembering Fromelles: A New Cemetery for a New Century

Remembering Fromelles: A New Cemetery for a New Century

Remembering Fromelles: A New Cemetery for a New Century

Foreword: HRH The Duke of Kent

Compiled by: Julie Summers

Contributing Authors: Kate Brady, Professor Margaret Cox, Dr Peter Jones, Dr Louise Loe, Nigel Steel

Format: Paperback

Publication: 01/07/10

Published by: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Publishing

ISBN: 9780956507402

 

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In May 2009 archaeologists began to excavate the remains of 250 British and Australian soldiers, buried behind German lines after the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916 - undiscovered, for nearly a century until an Australian historian convinced military authorities that they were there.

Whose sons, brothers, husbands or lovers were they?  In carefully compiling all the various pieces of the puzzle, the process of piecing together identification touches on personal family histories. Excerpts from family members complete the picture and explain what it means to be caught up in this story nearly a century after the battle.

This commemorative publication includes a detailed history of the battle as well as charting the story of the discovery of the mass graves, the archaeology behind the excavations, the question of identification, process of reburial and the construction undertaken of the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery since the end of the Second World War.