Villers Bretonneux Australian National Memorial

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    Inaugurated in 1938, Villers Bretonneux Australian National Memorial pays tribute to all the Australian soldiers who fought in France during WW1.
    Engraved on the memorial, are the names of the 10,982 Australian soldiers with no known graves who died in France during the conflict.

    Inaugurated in 1938, Villers Bretonneux Australian National Memorial pays tribute to all the Australian soldiers who fought in France during WW1. Engraved on the memorial are the names of the 10,982 Australian soldiers with no known graves who died in France during the conflict. Villers Bretonneux was chosen as it marks a significant Australian victory.

    On 25th April 1918, Australian and British forces took back the village from German forces.  This move helped to secure the nearby town of Amiens, a strategic location threatened by the German troops moving west. Since 2018, the Sir John Monash Centre next to the memorial gives visitors more information about the life of the Australian servicemen on the Western Front at that time.

    A service remembering the sacrifice of the Australian men who died during WW1 is held yearly at dawn on Anzac day (25th April).

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    • Lydie Vandepitte
      18 juillet 2019 at 10 h 48 min
      5 /5

      One of the date you should not forget is 25 April for the ANZAC day. Each year you can join the dawn service at 5:30 am. Visit the Sir John Monash Centre to learn about Australia and its soldiers before, during and after WW1. Very moving experience.

    • François Bergez
      23 juillet 2019 at 11 h 38 min

      When visiting the Australian National Memorial, take at least 2hours to visit the new Sir John Monash centre behind the memorial.

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