Saturday, January 30, 2010

Burials of Fromelles Dead Begin

About 7,000 British and Australian soldiers were killed, wounded or taken prisoner in the July 1916 Battle of Fromelles, near Lille in northern France.

The BBC reported today that the remains of 250 World War I British and Australian soldiers, including several Scots, who were killed, and buried by German forces, have been recovered by archaeologists.

They will be reburied with full military honours at Pheasant Wood, a new cemetery built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission close to the battlefield.

The burial begins tomorrow, 30th January and is expected to go on into February.

A special dedication ceremony will be held on 19th July 2010, the anniversary of the battle.

More information on the BBC and Commonwealth War Graves Commission websites.

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