Five burial pits, thought to contain the bodies of between 250-400 British and Australian soldiers have been found in Northern France, seemingly buried behind enemy lines after the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. A stark reminder that, even 90 plus years on, we can not and should not forget the sacrifice, heroism, and folly of this conflict.
Historians have long thought such mass graves existed in the area for a number of years, but now their thoughts have been confirmed. See a video on how the conservation process will take place on the bbc website.
The Battle of Fromelles was an unmitigated disaster.
It was conceived as a ruse to divert German attention away from the campaign on the Somme in July 1916. For the Australians the Battle of Fromelles is still talked about in the same breath as Gallipolli. It was a huge disaster for them, over 5000 casualties in 12 hours. 2000 British soldiers were also killed in this attack which was conceived as a diversionary attack to divert German attention away from the Battle of the Somme.
It is believed Adolf Hitler, then a corporal in the Bavarian reserve infantry, ran messages behind the German lines during the battle.
And the bunker Hitler visited in the 1940s when he came to occupied France is said to be just a few hundred yards from the burial site.
Lets hope the CWGC give these heroes a fitting final resting place…