Remembrance Day to be marked in France
Ninety years after Australia's diggers left behind the horror of fighting on the Western Front, hundreds of their descendants are returning to pay tribute to their bravery.
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#2 Mar 11, 2009
I will be attending the anzac day service at Villers-Bretonneux after doing a 6 day battlefield tour of the Western Front following my grandfathers(Ralph Brittain) path as part of the 46th AIF Battalion. I have been continually suprised by the fact that Australia has never had a service here for Australia before, and why all the emphasis was on Gallipoli, on the western front we had the greatest loss of men and had victory! I was lucky my grandfather returned home after recieving a military Cross for his fighting west of Bellenglise (north of Saint Quentin)in Sept 18th/19th 1918, he was also cited for another military cross in the final objective east of Messines in Belgium. Unfortunately my grandmothers brother Reg Rundle was killed in action in the 1st battle of Bullecourt on that fateful day when the tanks did not arrive in time on the 11th April 1917. He is buried in Queant Rd cemetery near Buissy and we will be able to visit his graveside as well as visit my grandfathers cousins memorial at Menin Gate. My grandfathers brother (Harry Brittain)is buried in Cairo cemetry. It has been very comforting to see on the web sites that our relatives graves have been well cared for in death, as Im sure the tyranny of distance and not being abble to stand at there sons grave to be with them caused my great grandparents much pain. It will be an emotional trip
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