private_matherWe recently reported on the discovery of the remains of Private Alan James Mather by Great War archaeologists.

On 22 July 2010, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Prowse Point Military Cemetery in Belgium, the remains of Private Alan James Mather were reburied with full military honours in a ceremony held by the Australian Army.

Private Mather, from Inverell in New South Wales, was one of 216,000 men from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom who fought in the Battle of Messines against German forces in west Flanders from June 7 to 14, 1917.

Private Mather's relatives, together with Dr Brendan Nelson, Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg representing the Australian Government, the Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie and other dignitaries, joined to commemorate Private Mather of the 33rd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.

(description courtesy CWGC)

We are fortunate to be able to include the moving and evocative images of the reburial here on the WFA website thanks to Damien Menu. The Editor is grateful to Damien for his permission to use his images of the ceremony.

Please view a slideshow of the images below (use the expand icon to view full screen).


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