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Location D23 Villers-Bretonneux, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme - Picardie, France
Type Memorial
Description

The Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux is the repository of the names of more than 10,000 Australians who died in France during the First World War but have no known grave. The Memorial is situated a few kilometres north of Villers-Bretonneux on the D23.

The Memorial was completed in 1938 after a somewhat controversial lead up brought about by a shortage of funds during the Great Depression. The British and other Commonwealth Memorials had been completed well in advance of the Australian Memorial.

The Memorial consists of a large central tower with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, flanked by two wing walls carrying the commemorative panels listing the missing.

The Memorial itself is approached from the entrance through a cemetery containing the graves of casualties from around the Commonwealth and of both World Wars.

During the Second World War the Memorial was used as an Observation Post by the French and was extensively damaged by German aircraft and ground fire. Although repairs were carried out, some scarring can still be seen on parts of the memorial.

Not all of those lost in France with no known grave are memorialised here. VC Corner Cemetery at Fromelles commemorates a further 1 294 Australians lost there on 19/20 July 1916. Another seventeen Australian Flying Corps missing are memorialised at the Arras Flying Services Memorial in the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery at Arras.

There is a link in the sidebar to information about the annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service. It is very well attended so visitors should plan in advance and check relevant websites for details.

 

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FYNMORE, Leslie Haliburton

Service number 628
Private
21st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1889

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MANN, William

Service number 6618
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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NORRIS, John

Service number 951
Sergeant
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1895

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MAHONY, Christopher Richard

Service number 1868
Second Lieutenant
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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CULMSEE, Robert James

Service number 3788
Private
22nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1895

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BALL, Herbert James

Service number 6222
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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HISGROVE, Frederick James

Service number 4191
Corporal
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 May 1882

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EARP, Frederick Clarence

Service number 3752
Private
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Dec 1892

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