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As many readers of the WFA's website and e-newsletter will be aware, the recent discovery of the remains of a large number of soldiers from the 1916 Battle of Fromelles has resulted in a major effort to try to identify the men who were buried by the Germans after the battle.

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Image: An archaeological team conduct work at the excavation site at Fromelles.

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 Image: Archaeologists carefully record the relics of battle which were unearthed during the initial limited excavations at Fromelles in 2008.

On 26 May 2014 the Assistant Minister for Defence in the Australian Government, The Hon Stuart Robert MP, announced the names of a further 20 previously unidentified Australian soldiers who died at the Battle of Fromelles.

The latest Diggers to be identified are:

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Image: Sergeant David Samuel Anderson, 54th Battalion, Bergalia, NSW. Sergeant Anderson was serving in the 54th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force in France when he was killed during the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916.

2 - ANDERSON

Image: Sergeant David Samuel Anderson, 54th Battalion, Bergalia, NSW

 

4 - Pte Vinton Battam Baker 55th Bn AIF

Image: Private Vintam Battan Baker, 55th Battalion, Sydney

3 - BAKER

Image: Private Vintam Battan Baker

 

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Image: Sergeant Jack Marchmont Campbell, 54th Battalion, Glasgow, Scotland

 

6 - CONNOLLY

Image: Private William Thomas Connolly, 54th Battalion, Durraga, NSW

 

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Image: Private John Edwin Crocker, 32nd Battalion AIF, Adelaide

 

8 - DOUST

Image: Private Willie Hilton Doust, 54th Battalion, Lower Southgate, NSW

 

Lance Corporal Frederic James Glenn, 30th Battalion, Redfern, NSW (no image)

Private Sidney John Gray, 54th Battalion, Goulburn, NSW (no image)

 

9 - Second Lt Reginald Theodore Griffen 32nd Bn AIF

Image: 2nd Lieutenant Reginald Theodore Griffen, 32nd Battalion, Riverton, SA

 

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Image: Private Adolf Thompson Knable, 32nd Battalion, Melbourne 

 

11 - KNABLE

Image: Private Adolf Thompson Knable

 

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Image: Corporal Joseph Edward Lee, 60th Battalion, Pimpinio, Victoria

 

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Image: Private Archie McDonald, 31st Battalion, Wyrallah, NSW

14 - MCDONALDImage

Image: Private Archie McDonald

 

15 - OLIVER

Image: Private Ernest Robert Oliver, 29th Battalion, Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

 

16 - Pte Edgar William Parham 32nd Bn AIF

Image: Private Edgar William Parham, 32nd Battalion, Gawler, SA

17 - PARHAM

Image: Private Edgar William Parham

 

19 - ROSE

Image: Company Sergeant Major William Henry Christian Rose, 55th Battalion, Rockdale, NSW

 

Private Gordon Thomas Smith, 29th Battalion, Buxton, Victoria (no image);

Private Herbert Newey St Smith, 55th Battalion, Tumbarumba, NSW (no image);

 

20 - Pte Percy Weakley 31st Bn AIF

Image: Private Percy Weakley, 31st Battalion, Adelaide

21 - WEAKLEY

Image: Private Percy Weakley

 

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Image: Private Albert Williamson, 54th Battalion, Canowindra, NSW

23 - WILLIAMSON

Image: Private Albert Williamson

 

Company Sergeant Major Harold George Woodman, 31st Battalion, South Yarra, Victoria (no image);

 

On 19 July 2014, the soldiers listed above were remembered at a ceremony at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery

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Image: Fromelles Pheasant Wood Cross of Sacrifice

 

There remain a number of men whom it will be difficult to identify:

40 - UNKNOWN AUSTRALIAN

Image: An unknown Australian soldier

41 - UNKNOWN BRITISH

Image: An unknown British soldier

 

Images of headstones courtesy of David Tattersfield

All other images courtesy of Australian Government, Department of Defence.

 

 

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