In the words of Australian official historian Charles Bean, Pozieres "is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth."
This cemetery contain thousands of Australian war dead but there is no name of any Australian soldier buried here. The Australian soldiers who fell here are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux a few kilometres away.
It is a walled enclosure set amongst the rolling fields of northern France not far from the city of Amiens.
This grave only identified by rank.
On 23 July 1916 the 1st Division of the Australian Imperial Forces captured Pozieres Village. The division clung to its gains despite almost continuous artillery fire and repeated German counter-attacks. By the time it was relieved on 27 July it had suffered 5,285 casualties.
The 2nd Division took over from the 1st and mounted two further attacks. They were relieved on 6 August, having suffered 6,848 casualties.
The POZIERES MEMORIAL:
The memorial encloses POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY of which contains original burials of 1916, 1917 and 1918, carried out by fighting units and field ambulances.
There are now 2,758 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,380 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 23 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There is also 1 German soldier buried here.
The cemetery and memorial were designed by W.H. Cowlishaw, with sculpture by Laurence A. Turner. The memorial was unveiled by Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien on 4 August 1930.
From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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