Centenary of the Battle of Pozieres rehearsal
Centenary of the Battle of Pozieres rehearsal (1.25 mins)
Australian Defence Force personnel rehearsed for the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War Battle of Pozieres on the Western Front at the First Australian Division Memorial on 21 July 2016. Two services will be held on the anniversary of the Battle of Pozieres at the First Australian Division Memorial and the Pozieres British Cemetery on 23 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. Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Division will parade Regimental and “Queen’s Colours” at the Australian National Commemorative Service. A Reburial service will also be held at the Pozieres British Cemetery on 23 July 2016 to honour three unknown Australian soldiers who died 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. Australian Army soldiers will parade Regimental and “Queen’s Colours” at the Australian National Commemorative Service.
|Publish Date||22 Jul 2016|