Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Soldiers Put to Rest; War Dead Speak from Grave at Fromelles

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Soldiers Put to Rest; War Dead Speak from Grave at Fromelles

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Byline: Alyssa Braithwaite

WITH the French summer sun beating down upon the very earth where the Battle of Fromelles took place 94 years ago, relatives of World War I soldiers who lost their lives there listened to the words of their loved ones.

"We left trench at 2am. I had a good sleep after the bombardment, but I was terribly nervous," wrote Private Henry Alfred Cressy in his diary on July 18, 1916.

"We got into our billets about 5.30am. My brother and John Brown and I went for breakfast which we had, composed of eggs and cakes. I got three little pieces of shell out of my head."

Letters and diaries written by some of the 250 Australian and British soldiers who fought and died in one of World War I's bloodiest and briefest battles were read aloud as the final of their number was laid to rest in the new Fromelles Military Cemetery. …

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