Although my only connection to
this cemetery is via MGW’s cousin…
Fromelles Military Cemetery
…it did not matter if it was Fromelles Cemetery
or any other Western Front War Cemetery,
it was impossible not to become
a little emotional when thinking of all
the dead, missing, injured and the age
of those lying in these graves.
all sport a verdant green undergrowth.
One of the shrubs in our garden.
On a more sombre note, on the far side of this field,
just before Pheasant Woods
was the site of mass grave in which
nearly 200 Australian soldiers were buried
after the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916.
It was indeed difficult to believe that
these Bullecourt fields were the sight of…
some bloody battles during World War I.
If my memory serves me well it is this field
where Australian/allied soldiers were ordered to advance
from the right, the lower ground,
to the German Army on the left, the higher ground.
They were ordered to walk ‘bolt up right’
into the might of the German military,
and not take any precautions for their own safety.
It was not until many waves of soldiers had been killed
that the British Officers said it would be okay for
soldiers to advance and try to protect their own lives as well.
It still brings tears to my eyes when I look at these scenes
and think about what happened there so long ago.
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As we approach ANZAC Day I thought of some
Toronto Avenue Cemetery.
Prowse Point Cemetery, Belgium
of the German Army, near Bullecourt.
also in the Bullecourt region.
Polygon Woods Cemetery.