Weekly Photo Challenge-Corner

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

VC Corner

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I was under the impression

VC Corner was so named… 

 because there were a large number of

Victoria Crosses awarded in that small area

of the Battle of Fromelles.

However, this morning’s research shows

that it was a nickname given by soldiers

and probably indicates the level of bravery

required when fighting there.

 There is 410 unknown soldiers buried in

individual unmarked graves under the

two in-ground crosses.

Including the 410 soldiers buried at this site,

there is another 700-900 names on the wall

of missing soldiers, taking the number

of soldiers memorialised at this site to

between 1121 and 1296,

depending on your source.

VC Corner was located at the cross roads of
the D171 road and Rue Delvas in the village of Petillon.
Source: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C117755

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Black and White Tuesday17-1306-Fromelles

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Black and White Tuesday

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Fromelles War Cemetery where the remains

of soldiers recently found in mass graves,

in nearby Pheasant Wood,

are interred.

Entrance to Fromelles War Grave Cemetery.

 The middle grave in the front (foreground) row,

with the Australian flag,

belongs to MGW’s cousin’s uncle…

18-year-old Private Justin Hercules Breguet.

And….because MGW and her cousin share

the same (Breguet) grandmother,

Justin is MGW’s uncle also.

Not sure if it is correct to talk in he first person of someone

who died 100 years ago…

 

but it does seem correct.

Apologies to students of the English language.

As you can see the War Graves are attached to the

Fromelles General Cemetery,

so a visit to Fromelles,

is a visit to the fallen soldiers as well.

No excuses.

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Hope you enjoyed.

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