Jo’s Monday Walk
Australian Windmill Site
Bapaume Rd, near Pozières, France
The Tank Corps Memorial
Last week I finished up with a glance
across the road from the Tank Memorial
to the Australian Windmill Memorial.
At this site, in seven weeks of fighting
there were 23,000 Australian casualties
of which nearly 7,000 died.
On this bench seat Charles Bean, who recommended
the Australian War Memorial acquire the site,
states that the Windmill Site
marks a ridge more densely sown
with Australian sacrifice than
any other place on earth.
Today it is just a small ridge where a windmill once stood.
in the middle of farming land.
However it will, is, being developed as a memorial site.
The Windmill Memorial is also…
within site of Pozières, to the left and
Courcelette to the right.
I make mention of these two towns as they are
linked to my Grandfather’s World War I exploits.
As mentioned earlier this site is still being developed.
Just below the horizon you can just make out
a series of crosses in the ground.
These crosses roughly point towards the
Courcelette British Cemetery
A little more obvious in this picture these crosses
are laid out in the shape of the Rising Sun.
The Courcelette Cemetery is also slightly
more discernible in this shot.
Find the long row of trees near the right horizon,
then just below, in front of the left end of this row
are a few more trees, which , I believe, is
the Courcelette British Cemetery
based on an image on this site Great War.uk site.
That is the Australian Rising sun
depicted in relief here…
an again on this water tower.
The Rising Sun badge is used to hold up
the side of the slouch hats which all
Australians Soldiers wear.
Will fix links in the morning Jo