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Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery

Fromelles Identification Board to reconvene

22 February 2012

The third annual United Kingdom and Australian Joint Identification Board will convene in London in late March 2012 in an effort to formally identify some of the remaining 140 unknown soldiers who are buried in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.

In accordance with previously announced plans, the Board will convene annually until the scheduled completion of the project in 2014. 

Each year the Board meets to consider and evaluate all available evidence, including DNA samples provided by families since the previous Board.

There is no guarantee that this year's Board will lead to further identifications but, at the conclusion of the Board, families of any newly identified soldiers will be contacted by the Australian Army or the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. 

The outcomes of the Board will be made public in the days following the Board and the headstones of those identified soldiers will be changed in accordance with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's long standing procedures.

Both the UK and Australian Governments continue to encourage anyone who believes that a member of their family was lost at Fromelles/Fleurbaix on 19/20 July 1916 and who has no known grave to make contact with their national project team. 

Members of the public who believe they may be related to British soldiers buried at Fromelles should contact Post Death Administration, Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, Imjin Barracks, Gloucester GL3 1HW Tel: +44(0)1452-712612 extension 6303 or 7330 or email fromelles@spva.mod.uk

Anyone who believes that they are related to one of the Australian soldiers are asked to register their details with Unrecovered War Casualties - Army via the online registration tool at www.army.gov.au/uwca or by calling toll-free in Australia on 1800 019 090 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) .

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