Pheasant Wood cemetery rehearsals in France
Pheasant Wood cemetery rehearsals in France (1.22 mins)
Australian Defence Force personnel rehearsed for the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War Battle of Fromelles on the Western Front at Pheasant Wood cemetery on 18 July 2016. Two services will be held on the anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles at Pheasant Wood and VC Corner cemeteries on 19 July 2016. Sailors, soldiers, airwomen and airmen from Australia’s Federation Guard and Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Division will perform ceremonial duties while Australian Army Band musicians will play during the Department of Veterans’ Affairs service. A headstone dedication service and roll call will take place for six Australian soldiers from the First World War who have recently been identified from a group of 250 Australian and British soldiers recovered in 2009 from Pheasant Wood, France. Australian Army soldiers from 31st/42nd Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment, will parade the 31st Battalion colours at the Fromelles services. A service will also be held at Pozieres on 23 July 2016 to honour those fallen during the Battle of Pozieres. The battles are particularly significant in Australia's military history: Fromelles (19 July 1916) was the first major offensive by the Australians in France; and Pozières (23 July to 3 September 1916) saw Australia sustain 23,000 casualties over seven weeks.
|Publish Date||18 Jul 2016|