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# Cemetery Information

Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery

There is ongoing drainage work at the cemetery and a new museum is being built which is causing some local disruption. We have been informed that there will not be any long road closures. The roads may be closed for an hour or so during the day on certain days but we receive no notification of this and access to the cemetery is not restricted. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this period.

FROMELLES (PHEASANT WOOD) MILITARY CEMETERY

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Country:
France
Locality:
Nord
Identified Casualties:
144

Location Information

Fromelles is a small village situated in the Nord/Pas de Calais region of Northern France, 22 kilometres west of Lille and 104 kilometres south east of Calais, close to the villages of Aubers and Herlies. The GPS co-ordinates are:

Latitude: 50.60809
Longitude: 2.85212

The cemetery is sign posted from the main N41 Lille - La Basse road.

When arriving in Fromelles the cemetery is located on Rue de la Basse Ville opposite the church and civil cemetery.

Visiting Information


At Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) there is ongoing drainage works and a new museum being built which is causing some local disruption but we have been informed that there hasn't been nor will there be any long road closures. The roads may be closed for an hour or so during the day on certain days but we have no notification of this and access to the cemetery is not restricted.


Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this period ...


Internal gradients are manageable for those with mobility problems and there is ramped access to the Cross of Sacrifice terrace.

The cemetery has its own parking area.

Historical Information

In the early evening of 19 July 1916, near the village of Fromelles, in northern France, two infantry divisions newly arrived on the Western Front, the 5th Australian and British 61st (South Midland) attacked a 4,000 yard section of the German frontline centred on a notorious strongpoint called the "Sugar Loaf". Advancing over unfavourable ground, in clear view of resolute and expectant defenders, the attackers suffered terrible casualties in a matter of minutes. The action turned into a bloody catastrophe - the Australians had over 5,500 killed, wounded and missing; 61st Division reported over 1,500 killed, wounded and missing. No tactical advantages resulted from the action and it remains the worst day in Australian military history.

Completed in July 2010, Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery is the first new war cemetery to be built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in fifty years.

The cemetery contains 270 Australian and British soldiers, whose remains were recovered in 2009 from a number of mass graves located behind nearby Pheasant Wood, where they had been buried by the Germans following the disastrous battle of Fromelles on 19 and 20 July 1916.

The cemetery was officially dedicated on 19 July 2010 and was designed by Barry Edwards.