Saturday, 10 November 2012

Their Name Liveth For Evermore

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month
we will remember them. 

I first made a trip to the battlefields of the Somme on the Western Front of France in 1999 on a family history trip.  A highlight was a visit to the Australian National Memorial Cemetery just outside the small town of Villers Bretonneux and I'm sharing a few photos for Remembrance Day from that trip and a second one in 2009.

The architect of the beautiful buildings on the site was Sir Edwin Lutyens. Besides about 2000  graves in the memorial, the names of 10,773 soldiers of the AIF killed in action but with no known grave are listed.
The local school in Villers Bretonneux houses the Anzac Museum and a huge sign dominates the playground - Do not forget Australia.