101st Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles

14-Jul-2017

101st  Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles

 

Date:

Wednesday 19 July 2017.

Media Conference:

1000 to 1005 hours.

Where:

Archibald Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park North.

Solemn Procession:

1030 hours - depart Archibald Memorial Fountain.

Commemoration:

1100 hours – ANZAC Memorial.

101st  Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles.

Contact:

Mr Jim Munro

President of the Families and Friends of the First AIF. ‘Phone 0419 636 028.

Mr Jim Munro, President of the Families and Friends of the First AIF (Australian Imperial Force) and descendant of the Great War, with representatives from NSW Government, Returned and Services League of Australia, Australian Defence Force, and leaders of civil society will be at the Archibald Memorial Fountain.

A Solemn Procession will leave from the Archibald Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park North proceed to the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park South. The Solemn Procession commemorates the 1916 Battle of Fromelles and celebrates the friendship between the Commonwealth of Australia and Republic of France and their citizens. With 5,533 Australian casualties in a single battle of whom 1,917 were killed or died of wounds, 3,416 were wounded and 496 taken prisoner, the Battle of Fromelles remains the worst loss of lives in 24 hours in Australian (military and civil) history. More than 1,000 Australian soldiers killed in the battle have no known grave, however the remains of 250 soldiers were recovered and in 2010 given military funerals when they were reinterred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.

The Archibald Memorial Fountain, unveiled in 1932 was built with the bequest of Mr J F Archibald and was designed by French artist, Francois-Leon Sicard to commemorate the relationship between Australia and France during the Great War.

Under the Australian flag, carried by serving personnel, the Australian Defence Force will lead the Solemn Procession from Hyde Park to the ANZAC Memorial crossing Park Street (between College and Elizabeth Streets).

Mrs Margaret Snodgrass OAM, FFFAIF Commemorations Officer of the Families and Friends of the First AIF and descendant of the Great War will receive the Solemn Procession at the ANZAC Memorial.

The Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles will commence at the ANZAC Memorial at 1100 hours.