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CWGC News: Fromelles Joint Identification Board Reconvenes

cwgc-logoThe CWGC has informed the WFA that, 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.

Anyone who believes they may be related to one of the unknown soldiers recovered from Fromelles should visit the CWGC's working list of names of men who may be among those recovered from the site and for whom no family has yet been identified.

Anyone believing they may be related to a British soldier should contact the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Historic Casualty & Deceased Estates Casework, Services Personnel and Veterans Agency, Building 247, Imjin Barracks, Gloucester GL3 1HW, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it telephone: +44 (0)1452 712612 x 6303 or 6256.

The Australian Army has developed a working list of the First Australian Imperial Forces soldiers it believes may be among those recovered from the site and is encouraging relatives to register their details. Further information is available at www.army.gov.au/fromelles or on 0011 61 1800 019 090.


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