Tribute for one of the fallen at Fromelles
08 June 2012
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission exists to commemorate the
fallen from the two world wars, and the passage of time does not
diminish the importance of the work.
There are regular reminders of how much the commemoration means,
as much to the relatives and family friends of the casualties of
the first war as of the second.
One such reminder is the case of Private Henry
V "Harry" Willis, of the Australian Infantry, who died in the
Battle of Fromelles in July 1916.
Private Willis was among the 250 soldiers whose bodies were
discovered in mass graves at Fromelles in 2008. He now lies in the
newly built Fromelles
(Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.
A recent visitor to the grave left a card, making clear how much
it meant to be able to stand at the graveside.
The visitor wrote: "Young Harry was sorely missed by his family.
He lay undiscovered for ninety years. A small medallion from his
native shire of Atherton, Victoria, led to his reinterment with so
many of his comrades in this cemetery. God bless you
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