Fromelles: The Final Chapter

Author(s): Tim Lycett


'When we give these soldiers a dignified grave we accomplish here one of the oldest gestures of mankind. It is a gesture of devotion. It is the gesture accomplished by every son for his father and by every nation for their heroes. Let them rest in peace in this land for which they shed their blood and which owes them everything, including freedom!' - General Bruno Cuche, 30 January 2010. The Battle of Fromelles is Australia's 'worst 24 hours' according to the Australian War Memorial. As a result of the attack on 19-20 July 1916, the Australian casualties numbered 5533 men, including 1917 killed. For ninety years, the fate of the Diggers who broke through enemy lines was unknown. Then in 2008 the remains of 250 Australian soldiers were discovered in an unmarked mass grave at Pheasant Wood, and one of the great mysteries of World War I was finally solved. This is the story of a mission to identify and reclaim those lost Diggers. Former forensic crime scene investigator Tim Lycett details how determined volunteers worked with bureaucracies across the world to link the dead with their families nearly a century after the event. He brings to light the deeply moving personal stories of Australian soldiers who died on the battlefield of Fromelles, and who might otherwise have remained unknown forever.


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General Fields

  • : 9780670075362
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : Viking Australia
  • : June 2013
  • : Australia
  • : July 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 272
  • : 994.04
  • : 713
  • : Paperback
  • : Tim Lycett