Friday, May 5, 2017

We Will Remember Them

An emotional day visiting the Somme Battlefields.
We have visited the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretoneaux before but this time with a guide. 
Unveiled on July 22, 1938 by King George VI, this stone monument bears the names of 11,000 Australians who fell in France and their remains are unknown.
The photo above was taken from the top o f the tower overlooking the cemetery.
Knitted poppies

Visited the Franco-Australian Museum, situated on the first floor of the Victoria School.
The school building is a gift from the school children of the State of Victoria to the children of V-B as a proof of their love for France.

Remembrance Poppy.
One of the ceramic 880,000+ poppies from the field that surrounded the Tower of London,
Each flower represented life of a soldier from the British Empire lost during the First World War.
This memorial is the largest of 5 "caribou" sites in France and Belgium.
July 1, 1916, 70% of it's regiment was lost here.

The Flower of Remembrance.
Canadian veterans of the Great War followed their British comrades by adopting the poppy as the floral emblem of Remembrance Day in 1921.  However veterans from Newfoundland and Labrador adopted the Forget-me-not in 1917.
Caribou Monument.
The head of the caribou was the cap badge of the Regiment during the Great War.

The St John's Road trench, named after the capital of Newfoundland, Canada.
This trench was a support trench, part of the complex that formed the front line defenses.
 The cemetery is in the grounds of a beautiful nature park, where many soldiers remains have not been uncovered. A cold day with the wind rustling through the trees. 

A cold somber day, perhaps this blog post will be looked on by some as not so nice, but I feel we needed to visit, as it is part of our Australian history. The surrounding canola fields reminded me of home.


  1. So sad and such loss but very interesting. I've been reading a bit about WW1 recently. Such terrible times.

  2. Interesting to see some of the Canadian history, instead of just the Australian.

  3. Thank you for sharing your day.

  4. It's well worth the visit - I know it is now 'sanitised' but you do get some sort of feel for where they were fighting. I passed through Robinvale on my way yo Mildura - it is the sister city to Villers Bretonneux.

  5. The knitted poppies are lovely. I wouldn't mind learning how to knit a poppy... in Japan people knit vests for the little statues along the roads but the poppies are a prettier display!