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#1 MelPack



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Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:50 pm

The second annual Join Identification Board is to be reconvened from 28 March onwards as per the CWGC announcement here:


In early April 2011, a joint British and Australian Identification Board will reconvene in London.

The Board will attempt to identify some of the remaining 154 unknown soldiers who were recovered from the mass graves at Pheasant Wood, in Fromelles, in 2009 and who now lie buried in Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.

The Board will consider all available evidence, including anthropological, archaeological, historical and DNA information – much of the latter available due to the large numbers of additional families who have come forward.

There is no guarantee that the new evidence will lead to positive identifications of the remaining unknown soldiers however after the Identification Board has made its deliberations, families of any newly identified soldiers will be contacted by the Australian Army or United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. This will be initially by phone and then by a follow-up letter. The findings will then be made public and the headstones changed in accordance with the long and well established procedures of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Relatives of the soldiers will be able to choose a personal inscription for the headstone.

It is important to note that the identification process does not end there – the Joint Identification Board will reconvene annually during the years 2012-2014 should new evidence come to light, or additional families come forward.


#2 MelPack



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Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:57 pm

I should just add good luck to all concerned and in particular to Tim and Sandra for their unstinting work - here's hoping that the reconvened Board will bring you a batch of new Aussie identifications.


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Posted 26 May 2011 - 07:24 pm

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, Warren Snowden, has announced the names of a further 14 soldiers among those reburied in Fromelles, France.
These fourteen were originally from the New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia regions of Australia.

Names of Soldiers Identified at April 2011 Joint Identification Board

Regimental number Rank Surname Name Unit
4811 Private Percy Geason 55th Battalion
1390 Private Herbert James Haslam 29th Battalion
4744 Private Albert Clive Bromley 53rd Battalion
Captain Thomas Francis Sheridan 29th Battalion
4420 Lance Corporal William Andrew Craigie 54th Battalion
1590 Corporal Charles William Murray 30th Battalion
3310 Corporal Frederick Fletcher 55th Battalion
3256 Private Maurice Leslie Reid 32nd Battalion
4299 Private Arthur Russell 54th Battalion
3327 Private George Hungerford 53rd Battalion
1168 Corporal David Frederick Livingston 29th Battalion
2056 Private Matthew Hepple 30th Battalion
743 Private Daniel Bernard Ryan 30th Battalion
311 Private Leslie Gordon Walsh 31st Battalion

The replacement headstones for the 14 Australian soldiers who were identified will be dedicated during a commemorative event held at the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery on 19 July, the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 12:49 pm

Magnificent that these further identifications have been made and honoured at the ceremony at Fromelles yesterday.

A further vindication (if any was necessary) of the superb efforts made to ID the Fallen.

Thanks to all concerned for their efforts.

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