Hamel Commemorations - Mitchell Law

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Australian Defence Force members travelled to France for a number of commemorations marking anniversaries of First World War battles. Members of the detachment laid a wreath at the 1st Australian Division Memorial in Pozieres, France, on 1 July 2018. The Australian Defence Force also supported the UK commemoration for the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in Thiepval and the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Hamel, at the Australian Corps Memorial in the town of Le Hamel, France on 4 July 2018. The commemoration, led by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, paid tribute to the courage, strength and sacrifice of Australian, British and American troops who fought together under the command of Australian, General Sir John Monash, GC, KCB, VD, in a battle that would became a turning point for the Allied forces in the First World War. Fifty-five members of the Australian Defence Force travelled to France to attend the commemoration, including an Army contingent of 10 personnel, as well as six personnel from Army’s 2018 Jonathan Church Ethical Soldier Award Battlefield Study Tour; 20 Australian Army Band members; and 18 personnel from Australia’s Federation Guard. The Australian Defence Force also conducted a headstone rededication for Private Robert Bowness at Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery.

Publish Date 06 Jul 2018
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