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
Discover more about Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, here: http://ow.ly/Stlkq