Park " Pozières
7000 crosses bearing the inscriptions
1916 POZIERES" with hand knitted poppies.
will be in the ground in the form of the "Rising Sun"
Remembered article in the
- Australian Trail
application of Pozieres - Australian Trail, available at the AppStore
and Google Play.
And soon on
|The Soldiers that fought and
died at Pozieres were for the most part survivors of the disastrous
Thrown into Battle at Pozieres, the men of the 1st, 2nd and 4th
Divisions suffered what is said to have been the most concentrated
artillery barrage of all time.
With German Forces on three sides, and their own artillery firing from
the rear, these men lived and fought in a constant rain of shells.
The intensity of the barrage can be noted from the Rolls of Honour,
with over 4,000 of the 7.000 killed being listed as missing and
commemorated at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.
The Battle for Pozieres proved to be the greatest loss of life for
Australia in our military history, with 7000 Men being killed and 16000
The Pozieres Remembrance Association
intends to build a Memorial Park in Pozières to be opened at
the Centenary of Pozieres in 2016.
The Ipswich RSL Sub-branch responded to a call
for individuals and organisations to "buy a brick" for the cause. As a
reward, Mr Gracey presented sub-branch president Phil Gilbert with a
trenching tool, which he said had been dug up from the battlefield.
tool will be displayed in the sub-branch's Memorial Hall museum,
alongside an Australian bayonet that was donated by Mr Gracey last year.
His campaign to sell all 7000 bricks required has a long way to go,
with only 500 sold so far.
"Ipswich is one of the few to support us," Mr Gracey said.
"I wrote to every RSL in Queensland asking to sell raffle tickets or
even just buy a ticket.
One RSL responded - Ipswich RSL.
"So, in appreciation, the Mayor of Pozieres decided they could have one
of the bayonets that was found in the fields of Pozieres," he said.
Ipswich RSL sub-branch president Phil Gilbert said: "Our troops went
there and they've got to be remembered."
The bayonet will go on display in a museum being put together in the
RSL building on Nicholas St.
stage, we have secured the site and raised enough money to
level and grass it.
there is much to do to build and maintain a site that is a worthy
tribute to the 7,000 men who died in and around the village.
can you help?
are asking everyone who reads this to:
our web site http://www.pozieresremembered.com.au/
buying a brick for $50, or if this is too much, make a
donation to assist.