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Rededication Service at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery

17 September 2015

A rededication service was held yesterday (20 September) at CWGC Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Belgium, for three Australian Soldiers of the First World War.

Private Charles Eacott and Private Harry Huntsman of the 7th Battalion Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and Private John (Jock) Neilson of the 8th Battalion AIF all died on the Ypres Salient in 1917 and were previously commemorated by the #CWGC on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.

Thanks to the hard work of a group of Australian researchers, all three are now commemorated by name on known headstones at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery.

Before the war, Privates Eacott and Huntsman, both 24 years of age, were farmers in Daylesford and Coburg, Victoria, respectively. They died together at the Battle of Polygon Wood on 20 September 1917. Private Neilsen was a 26-year-old engine driver from West Wallsend, NSW. He died at the Battle of Passchendaele on 10 October 1917.

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