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Saturday 30 April - The Somme

At the Cobbers Memorial in Fromelles.

The students visited cemeteries in the Millencourt and Becourt Cemeteries, as well as the Fromelles Museum.

Photos

Photos taken at Millencourt, Becourt, Albert and Fromelles have been added to the gallery.

A video of Jonathon Burt reading a prayer at the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery can be viewed.

Student views

Day 13 The Somme day 2

Today we started with a visit to Millencourt and Becourt Cemeteries. Becourt was the location of 10,000 Australian casualties and is the home of the Slouch Hat and The Digger monuments. Becourt is a relatively little-known battle, yet we had a high number of casualties there. From here we visited the town of Albert where we visited the Trench Museum. Entirely underground and devoted to explaining and displaying what life was like for soldiers (on all sides) in the trenches during the war.

In the afternoon we visited the Fromelles Museum where we learnt about the battle that occurred in the area and the more recent activities in the area with the discovery of 250 Australian and British soldiers. We were lucky enough to visit the original Fromelles Cemetery and battleground as well as the new Pheasant Wood Cemetery that was opened in 2010 after a mass grave was discovered in a farm. Our final stops included the Australian Cobbers Memorial and a German World War 1 bunker (the one that Hitler was rumoured to have hidden in, no less). We have one more day left to explore The Somme region and commemorate our soldiers.

Student commemorations

Each student in the tour group researched three service personnel. Commemorations were held today for:

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