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20 July 2010
Fromelles 250th Re-interment and Cemetery Opening

The last of 250 Australian and British World War I troops recovered from the mass grave at Pheasant Wood have been re-interred with full military honours in Fromelles, France.

It comes 94 years after the soldiers were killed in the Battle of Fromelles. Of the men recovered, 205 have been identified as Australian, 96 of which have been named, three served with the British army and 42 are still classified as unknown.

The ceremony also marked the official opening of the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Ceremony.
Her Excellency, the Governor-General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Chief of Army Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, military and community dignitaries, relatives of the deceased and thousands of members of the public attended the event.

The Battle of Fromelles was the costliest in Australian military history, with 5533 soldiers either killed, wounded, taken prisoner or missing in just 24 hours.