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Headstone dedication ceremony at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Ceremony

05 July 2012

The replacement headstones for nine recently identified  Australian soldiers were dedicated at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery on 20 July - the 96th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles.

The Australian Army and the Mayor of Fromelles co-hosted the ceremony, which began at 7pm.

The Fromelles Project is a joint Australian Army and UK Ministry of Defence project to identify the remaining unidentified Australian and British soldiers buried in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery in France.

The bodies of 250 Australian and British soldiers were buried in the cemetery after being recovered from burial pits adjacent to nearby Pheasant Wood in 2010.

The bodies were buried by German forces after the disastrous Battle of Fromelles fought on 19/20 July 1916.
The project's 2012 Joint Identification Board (JIB) recently convened in London and confirmed the identification of another nine Australian soldiers buried at the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.

Identified by name, they are:

3013 Private Leonard Broadhurst  55th Battalion

4779 Private Robert Carrington Forland 53rd Battalion

3046 Private John Robertson Forrest  54th Battalion

555 Private John Joseph Goulding  31st Battalion

2144 Private William Alexander Jamieson 31st Battalion

2203 Private Arthur Joseph Johnson  29th Battalion

1252 Corporal Alfred George Tuck  29th Battalion

2154 Private Claude Ward   30th Battalion

2485 Private John Cyril Wynn  30th Battalion


More details can be found on the Australian Army's website.