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The Fromelles Cemetery Accepts The Last Of The Great War’s 250: In Pictures

by | 19th, July 2010

ON the day when the last of 250 British and Australian soldiers who died at the First World War battle of Fromelles was buried in the new Fromelles Military Cemetery, thieves stole two bronze plaques inscribed with the names of 215 soldiers killed in the Great War from a war memorial in Bleakley, Manchester. We do not know his name.

More than 5,000 Australian and 1,500 Britons died in the bloody battle. Prince Charles spoke as the man’s remains were buried:

“I am profoundly humbled by the outstanding bravery of these men who fought so valiantly in the indescribable mud and carnage, many thousands of miles from their families and homes.

“We honour and commemorate the young soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live in peace and that our children and grandchildren might learn the lessons from both devastating world conflicts.”

Lest we forget.

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Handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of shows Bombadier Peter Pagan-Skelley Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery (Front Horse), Sgt Alan Bould Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery (Rear Horse), Cpl Anthony Bysouth Royal Logistics Corp (Seated Left) and Private Christopher Tilley Australia's Federation Guard (Seated Right) bringing the body of the last soldier found at Pheasant Wood, Fromelles across the fields to his final resting place in the newly commissioned Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Fromelles Northern France.



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