The Families and Friends of the First AIF (Australian Imperial Force) invite families, relatives and friends of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Fromelles in The Great War (WW1) to attend or view the Commemorative Procession and Commemoration on the 103rd anniversary of the Battle. The Battle of Fromelles was the first battle on the Western Front for Australian troops and it was a disaster with 1,917 soldiers killed, 3,416 wounded and 496 taken prisoner in one evening and night for no territorial gains. The Battle of Fromelles was the largest loss of lives in any 24-hour period of Australia’s history.
The procession re-enacts the final march of the veterans of the 5th Division ago on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles (19 July 1966) from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial to request that the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial always remember their service and the sacrifice of their comrades on 19 July 1916. It also symbolically represents crossing the “400 yards” of “No-man’s land” on the Fromelles battlefield. The Archibald Fountain commemorates the association between Australia and France during the Great War.
The procession will be led by community and military leaders along with descendants of the surviving veterans and their fallen comrades. The procession will assemble at the Archibald Fountain at 10.15am for 10.30am step-off to the Anzac Memorial where the Commemoration of the 103rd anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles will be held.
Video of the commemoration will be streamed live to the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page.
Dress code: Lounge suit, day wear. Decorations/Medals may be worn. Poppy umbrellas.