Scotty, on 19 July 2010 - 01:03 PM, said:
Just warched the TV covrage. Magnificent. At the very end the commentator said that Lambis was on the verge of another discovery.
I would imagine that the new discovery Lambis had told the Channel 7 (Australia) commentator about may well be one of the sites Peter Barton alluded to in a TV documentary about Fromelles last year/2008. I seem to recall Mr Barton suggesting that there were German records of other sites in the area. Now before anyone howls too much about why those weren't inspected at the same time, we should remember, as Roger Lee states in his book "The Battle of Fromelles 1916":
Page 173 "......, in 1922, all the victorious governments had agreed that further active searching for war dead should cease. This was partially motivated by financial reasons - it was proving very expensive to retain graves recovery personnel in Europe. Bu the governments were also motivated by the desire to allow French and Belgian civilians in the battle zones to re-establish some semblance of normal life. Constant digging for missing soldiers and lost graves was disrupting attempts to build new infrastructure and establish new farms. .......................
Mr Lee then goes onto describe the approach by Lambis Englezos, his first submission to the expert panel and the decision of the Chief of the Australian Army to abide by their decision. ........ The (Australian) Army also faced something of a dilemma. Under existing policy, there could be no speculative searching for remains (See previous paragraph about the 1922 agreement) Should remains be discovered, however, there were well-established procedures for recovering, identifying and, if they proved to be Commonwealth war dead, re-interring them in a suitable CWGC cemetery
On that basis what occurred today is extraordinary, the first speculative search and discovery of our Great War dead since 1922. I salute Lambis and his friends for achieving this desired end, the recovery of Fromelles fallen from these mass graves. I look forward to reading of other successful Fromelles recoveries enabled by Lambis Englezos's fine research and advocacy and sped by Lambis's and his friends better understanding of the political issues arising since he first approached the Australian Army all those years ago. I also salute all of the much maligned bureaucrats and politicians of France, Great Britain and Australia who saw that it was morally correct to investigate further and do this speculative search. Most of all the Fromelles community and French people deserve our thanks for allowing the search and giving the land for a new cemetery.
I also note from a TV interview this morning that Mr Englezos has had a stroke, I do hope his recovery has been comfortable and that he doesn't exert himself with his research too much.
PS: The ISBN of Mr lee's book is 9780980658293 available from www.bigskypublishing.com.au
I edited the second para of the quote to put it in the context of more recent times, not 1922 as it appeared.