Today the Australian War Memorial welcomed its newest Council members, Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Retd) and Corporal Daniel Keighran VC.
Wing Commander Bown and Corporal Keighran were appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial in June this year as the Honourable Graham Edwards AM and Ms Gabrielle Trainor complete their terms.
This Saturday, the Australian War Memorial will remember and honour the service and sacrifice of those Australian’s who fought during the battle of Pozières, 100 years ago.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Australian troops on the Western Front during the First World War. More Australians would die in this theatre of war than in anyother.
Though introduced to the Western Front via the quieter “nursery” sector at Armentières, the Australians in France would face their first major operations at Fromelles and Pozières.
This Tuesday, the Australian War Memorial will remember and honour the service and sacrifice of those Australian’s who fought during the battle of Fromelles, 100 years ago. Fromelles occurred on 19/20 July 1916 and was the first major action fought by the Australians on the Western Front. Tragically, it resulted in over 5,500 casualties in less than 24 hours in what was a brutal initiation to the fighting in France.