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WWI graves of UK, Australian soldiers excavated

 A member of the Oxford Archaeological team holds part of an Australian soldier's uniform at the Fromelles Memorial Park in Fromelles, northern France...
 A sculpture by Peter Corlett commissioned by the Office of Australian War Graves is seen at the Fromelles Memorial Park in Fromelles, northern France...

APTOPIX FRANCE WWI

A member of the Oxford Archaeological team holds part of an Australian soldier's uniform at the Fromelles Memorial Park in Fromelles, northern France...

FRANCE WWI

A sculpture by Peter Corlett commissioned by the Office of Australian War Graves is seen at the Fromelles Memorial Park in Fromelles, northern France...

Archaeologists have begun excavating a cluster of mass graves in northern France that contain remains of as many as 400 Australian and British soldiers who perished in World War I.
An Australian retired schoolteacher discovered the gravesite in 2008 in Fromelles, a rural French village near the Belgian border.
The Australian government has commissioned a cemetery to be built nearby, where the fallen soldiers will be given individual burials. Experts will attempt to identify the remains via DNA testing.
Australian Minister for Defense, Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon says the site is part of his country's national story. Excavation began Tuesday.
Almost 2,000 Australian and 500 British soldiers died at the battle of Fromelles in July 1916.


Updated : 2021-07-31 19:09 GMT+08:00