Fromelles Memorial pays tribute to the Australian forces who fought during WW1’s Battle of Fromelles. The attack took place between 19th and 20th July 1916 and is referred to as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history'.
Originally planned as a diversion to the Battle of the Somme further south, it was a terrible defeat for the British and Australian forces involved, who were no match for the well-prepared German machine guns. Losses were terrible for the allies with over 7,000 casualties including 5,533 Australians. Some of the Australians killed during the battle are now resting at VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Pheasant Wood in Fromelles. The statue you can see today in the Australian Memorial Park is entitled ‘Don’t forget me, cobber’. It honours the courage of Australian soldiers on the days following the attack. Like Sergeant Simon Fraser, who is represented rescuing a wounded soldier on the statue, many Australian soldiers left their trenches to try and rescue their comrades left on the battleground, putting their own lives at great risk.