Mass Grave to be exhumed in France

I've also learned today on TV news of my city !

I live in Lille to 10 miles of fromelles !

I was often visit Cemetery and Monument to the dead Australian !

I plan to return . I could remake several photographs for poster here !




I'm looking forward those pictures Vee. Maybe with DNA, they'll be able to identify one or two of the men.


News of Thursday 14.08.2008, La Voix du Nord !





I went this yesterday visited Australian Memorial Park !


The cemetery Rue Petillon - Military cemetery.

The cemetery was begun in December 1914, and used by fighting units until March 1918. In April 1918, it fell into enemy hands, although one further burial was added in September 1918, after the German retreat. It consisted at the Armistice of twelve Battalion burial grounds, made by units which had occupied the Headquarters and Dressing Station at "Eaton Hall", adjoining the cemetery. It was enlarged later by the concentration of graves from the battlefields around Fleurbaix and the following smaller cemeteries:- BERSEE CHURCHYARD, in which three soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in October 1918. CUTHBERT FARM CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, on the road from Neuve-Chapelle to Pont-Logy, which contained the graves of 44 soldiers from the United Kingdom and two from India who fell in 1914-15. DON GERMAN CEMETERY, ALLENNES-LES-MARAIS, at the Chateau-du-Bois, which contained the graves of nine soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from India who fell in 1914-18. EIGHTH CANADIANS CEMETERY, LENS, 2.4 Kms North of the centre of Lens, which contained the graves of 15 soldiers of the 8th Canadian Infantry Battalion, who fell in August 1917. GONDECOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, in which were buried about 650 German soldiers and ten soldiers and one airman from the United Kingdom. HALPEGARBE GERMAN CEMETERY, ILLIES, in the hamlet of Halpegarbe (there was another on the South side of the hamlet), which contained the graves of eight soldiers from the United Kingdom. HANTAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, which contained the graves of one soldier from the United Kingdom and one from India. HERRIN CHURCHYARD AND GERMAN EXTENSION - the Germans buried five soldiers from the United Kingdom in the Churchyard in 1915 and two in the Extension in 1918. ILLIES CHURCHYARD, where the Germans buried one soldier from the United Kingdom in 1914. LA BASSEE COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, used by the Germans for the burial of seven soldiers from the United Kingdom and by the 55th (West Lancashire) Division in October 1918, for the burial of 29 of their men. LAMBERSART COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, which contained the graves of 1,016 German soldiers, 32 soldiers and airmen from the United Kingdom and two soldiers from Australia. LE PETIT MORTIER GERMAN CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, which contained the graves of 86 German soldiers and two from the United Kingdom. MERRIS CONVENT GERMAN CEMETERY, in which one Australian soldier was buried in May 1918. RUE MASSELOT (2nd LINCOLNS) CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, 800 metres North of Fauquissart, where 54 soldiers from the United Kingdom, including 37 of the 2nd Lincolns, were buried in 1915 and 1918 in an orchard. In May-August 1918, the Germans made two considerable cemeteries (now removed), almost surrounding it. SALOME CHURCHYARD GERMAN EXTENSION, which contained the grave of an officer of the H.L.I. The German graves were taken to SALOME COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, from which twelve British graves were removed to Rue-Petillon. VERLINGHEM CHURCHYARD GERMAN EXTENSION, contained the graves of three British soldiers. WERVICQ-SUD GERMAN CEMETERY, on the road to Le Blaton, where 23 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in November 1914, and April 1918; five graves were removed to Rue-Petillon and 18 to Messines Ridge British Cemetery. There are now just over 1,500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly half are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom, believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of two Indian soldiers; and a third group commemorates 15 Canadian soldiers, five from the United Kingdom one from Australia, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery is irregularly arranged, because of the conditions under which it was made and the groups of concentrated burials, are among the original groups of graves. It covers area is 5,983 square metres and is enclosed by a low red brick wall.


The Cemetery Le trou Aid post Cemetery ..


Le Trou Aid Post was established very early in the war. The cemetery was used between October 1914 and July 1915, and was described in November 1916 as being "a short distance behind the present support line". At the Armistice, it contained 123 burials (which can be found in Rows F, G and H), but it was then enlarged by the addition of 230 graves from the battlefields and small cemeteries to the east, including LA HAUTE LOGE BRITISH CEMETERY, LE MAISNIL (-ENWEPPES). This was about 400 metres East of the cross roads at Le Maisnil. It contained the graves of 80 officers and men of the 2nd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the 1st Middlesex, who fell on the 21st October, 1914. These units, after holding out against superior forces, were forced to retire on the evening of the 21st and their dead were buried by the enemy on the 22nd. The graves brought into the cemetery are mainly those of officers and men who died in the fighting at Le Maisnil (21 October 1914), the Battle of Aubers Ridge (9 May 1915), the Battle of Loos (25 September 1915), and the Attack at Fromelles (19-20 July 1916). There are now 356 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 207 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate five casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There is also one French war grave. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.


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