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Nine more headstones to be dedicated at Fromelles

15 May 2012

A dedication service for the headstones marking the graves of nine Australian soldiers will be held at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery at 7 pm on July 20th, 2012.

The date is the 96th anniversary of the disastrous Battle of Fromelles in which the soldiers died.

The nine were the latest to be identified of 250 Australian and British soldiers who were buried at Fromelles after being recovered from burial pits nearby in 2010. The bodies were first buried by German forces after the battle.

The Australian Army and the Mayor of Fromelles will co-host the dedication ceremony for the replacement headstones. More details can be found at the Australian Army's website

The nine soldiers are Private Leonard Broadhurst, Private Robert Carrington Forland, Private John Robertson Forrest, Private John Joseph Goulding, Private William Alexander Jamieson, Private Arthur Joseph Johnson, Corporal Alfred George Tuck, Private Claude Ward and Private John Cyril Wynn.

Of the 250 bodies recovered from the mass graves near Pheasant Wood, 119 Australian soldiers have been identified. Of the remaining 131 whose identities are unknown, 91 have been identified  as Australian and two as British.