To live the Centenary: Australia [fr]
The Australian government has put in place a consultative committee for the Centenary of ANZAC and has instructed the adviser to submit recommendations on the commemorative program for the Centenary.
The Fromelles Project:
Australia’s Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert has announced the names of a further 20 previously unidentified Australian soldiers who died at the Battle of Fromelles in 1916.
The Battle of Fromelles is widely recognised as one of the worst days in Australia’s military history and was the first major battle fought by the Australian Imperial Force in France. The 5th Australian Division suffered over 5,500 casualties, both wounded and killed, with many of those killed remaining unaccounted for almost a century after the battle.
The newly identified soldiers were among 250 Australian and British World War I servicemen recovered from burial pits near the French village of Fromelles by a joint Australian Army and United Kingdom Ministry of Defence project team. The recovered remains were reburied in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery in 2010.
The official media release is available at the following link: http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/05/26/assistant-minister-for-defence-twenty-australian-world-war-i-soldiers-identified/
A complete list of the 20 newly identified soldiers, including their service numbers and place of birth is available at the following link: http://army.gov.au/Our-work/News-and-media/20-WW1-soldiers-identified
Images of the Fromelles Project, including 11 of the newly identified soldiers, are available at the following link: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20141451
Further information about the Fromelles Project and Unrecovered War Casualties – Army is available at the following link: http://www.army.gov.au/Our-work/Unrecovered-War-Casualties-Army/Fromelles
Voices of Birralee to perform at ANZAC Day in France:
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today congratulated the Voices of Birralee community choir on its selection to provide choral services on the Western Front over the Anzac Centenary period from 2015.
For more information download the Department of Veterans’ Affairs media release (PDF).