***Due to weather condition, please be informed that the tower will be closed and will be re-opened in due course.*** Renovation Road work will be undertaken on the Departmental Road RD23 at Fouilloy and Villers-Bretonneux. The work started on 09 September 2013 and will last approximately 12 weeks. An alternative route will be available from the RD23 to go to the RD1029 at Villers-Bretonneux to the RN25 till Longueau. You will then have to take the RD1 at Rivery to reach the RD23 in the Commune of Fouilloy.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this period of improvement work.
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Villers-Bretonneux is a village 16 kilometres east of Amiens on the straight main road to St Quentin.
Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery is about 2 kilometres north of the village on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
Due to weather condition, please be informed that the tower will be closed and will be re-opened in due course.
Due to the ongoing road works at the front of the memorial there will be major disruption and access issues on Wed 4th December. Exceptionally there will be no parking in front of the cemetery on this day, access to the cemetery and memorial will be very difficult but not prevented. The contractor will escort visitors that require access but if you can plan your visit around this date this would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this period of improvement work”
This memorial stands within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.
Access to the tower at the memorial will be restricted during bad weather conditions.
During working hours wheelchair access to Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery, in which the memorial stands, is possible by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.
The names are engraved on the memorial in order of battalion, then alphabetically under rank.
Replacement of 41 panels will start on the 4th November and is due to end on 20th December 2013.
At Villers Bretonneux Cemetery & Memorial the road works started early September Its purpose is to improve visitor access and safety.
Diversion signs have been erected and checked regularly by our staff to ensure that visitors can access the cemetery and memorial.
We have a notice on our website and internal database to ensure the enquiring public are aware of these improvements.
This work should be completed by March 2014
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused during this period of maintenance.
Villers-Bretonneux became famous in 1918, when the German advance on Amiens ended in the capture of the village by their tanks and infantry on 23 April. On the following day, the 4th and 5th Australian Divisions, with units of the 8th and 18th Divisions, recaptured the whole of the village and on 8 August 1918, the 2nd and 5th Australian Divisions advanced from its eastern outskirts in the Battle of Amiens.
The memorial is the Australian National Memorial erected to commemorate all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the First World War, to their dead, and especially to name those of the dead whose graves are not known.
The Australian servicemen named in this register died in the battlefields of the Somme, Arras, the German advance of 1918 and the Advance to Victory. The memorial stands within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, which was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds in the area and from the battlefields.
Both the cemetery and memorial were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The memorial was unveiled by King George VI on 22 July 1938.
DISCOVERY OF REMAINS AND ADDITIONAL COMMEMORATIONS
Of the 10,982 names displayed at the unveiling of the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial the burial places of many have since been identified and this continues to this day; 6 of these being among the significant discovery of 250 burials which culminated in the first new Commission cemetery in 50 years being dedicated in July 2010 as Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery.
All these discoveries are now commemorated by individual headstones in the cemeteries where their remains lie and their details recorded in the relevant cemetery registers; their names will be removed from this memorial in due course.
Time has also revealed more names not previously notified which have now been added to this memorial and register.
There are now 10,762 Australian servicemen officially commemorated by this memorial and named within the register.