In June 2017, I visited France for a short tour of
the Western Front Battlefields
where my Grandfather served
One of the Battles which has made headlines
in Australia over recent years is
the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916.
After that battle 250 Australian soldiers were buried
in mass graves just this side
of the Pheasant Wood treeline.
In 2009 these graves were discovered and
remains exhumed and re-buried in
the new Fromelles Military Cemetery.
However, it was not until 2016 that one of
the soldiers was identified as
being MGW’s (Maternal) Grandmother’s relatives.
According to this 2016 article there are
still 100 australian soldiers who remain
unidentified at Fromelles.
Although not related to this soldier it was an
honour and a privilege to be able to visit his grave
and bring back some images for his family.
Every man, woman and child involved in
those years of two Wars is a hero in my opinion.
During one of this weekend’s news/current affairs
Had lost much of its stability,
particularly to the right of this photo.
Apparently the walls are only being held in place…
By these ageing ‘stays’ for lack of a better word.
Gargoyles were said to be falling and stone fences
around the roof have wooden replacements.
It was said that hundreds of millions of dollars
were needed to give the Cathedral a
thorough make over to take
the instability out of the building.
Seeing as there is no official challenge this week,
I thought I would add to last week’s offering.
Last week I posted this photo and commentary….
Amid that crowd is a Beefeater at work
guiding tourists around the Tower of London.
and did not realise…
I had a better/close up photo of the man at work.
This from my 2017 trip to Arras, France.
Phil, an Aussie, operates Sacred Ground Tours
out of Arras across World War I Battlefields.
Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 was
the first cemetery we visited.
Phil is showing us how easy it is to find
a grave of a relative who perished in France.
Easy if you know which cemetery to visit.
If your relative is one of the tens of thousands
with no known grave, or an unknown soldier’s grave….
then that is a different story.
on a Nice beach.