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The shell holes marked on the map I refer to, are to the north east of Bullecourt,
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Welcome to the forum.
I applaud Lambis for the work he has done particularly for locating the grave of Indian Mutiny veteran Sergeant Major Charles Pye VC who died at Kirkstall, Victoria in 1876. In Australia, the Office of Australian War Graves commemorates all VC recipients who died in Australia and now maintains the grave of Charles Pye VC.
The then Imperial War Graves Commission went to great efforts to locate and identify the graves of war dead. In the 1920s every soldier who was killed was commemorated either by a grave or a memorial. There are 12,000 Australians commemorated on three memorials in France. They have not been forgotten, they have been recognized and they should be allowed to rest in peace.
You mention Major Percy Black whose death was a great loss to Australia. He was one of just eight Australians awarded both the DSO and DCM, was Mentioned in Despatches three times and awarded a foreign award. He is one of over 200,000 British and Commonwealth troops whose bodies were not recovered or if recovered not identified but he is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. He has not been forgotten.
If good evidence, as in the case of Fromelles, which is probably the most written about battle in Australian history with three chapters in the official history and a brilliant modern work by Robin Corfield, then the Australian Government will get interested.
My personal view is that all Australian war dead have been commemorated and digging up old battlefields 90 years later is not respectful.
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Hi Lou and welcome. The magic number for unlocking the PM system is 5 posts. Reply to this and you will have access. BTW I would delete the email address in your last post [you just never know!]
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I just checked the Red Cross file for 2507 Rynhold Wiese, 48th Battalion and am somewhat unsure what point you are trying to make from that. Quite clearly the reports of Blake, Agett, Thompson and Lee all state that 'Wiese' had a fractured leg and was left in a dug-out somewhere near the German front lines. But what you either haven't noticed or mentioned is the letter in the file from his brother 2294 Carl Wiese also of the 48th Bn. Carl states that he was with Rynhold when the trench mortar shell exploded and that he believes all the reports i.e. Blake, Agett etc. refer to him and not his brother. It is also interesting to note that Carl states he had been with the battalion for quite a while and known to many men whereas Rynhold was fairly new and not so well known. This implies that he didn't think all the men who provided statements would know Rynhold but they would know him.
But the real crunch comes when you examine the service file of Carl Wiese. It quite clearly shows he was wounded in the left leg at Bullecourt and taken prisoner by the Germans. I suspect Carl was right and all the Red Cross reports were referring to him and not his brother Rynhold.
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