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Battle of Fromelles Commemorative Service
January 1, 1970 @ 10:00 am
The Battle of Fromelles commemorative service is part of the annual pilgrimage by the Friends of the 15th Brigade commemorating the battle at Fromelles, fought on July 19, 1916. This was the first major action involving Australian troops on the Western Front. It was planned as a diversionary attack to prevent German troops moving from this, a relatively quiet area, to the large battle being fought in the valley of the Somme. A mass-burial site was found near Fromelles and exhumed. It yielded the lost remains of 250 soldiers killed during the Battle of Fromelles who were reburied in individual graves in 2010, their dignity and in the case of many, their identity was restored.
The service will take place at the Cobbers Statue on the Shrine Reserve.