In 1916 an insane Battle was fought for the tiny French Village of Pozieres, the critical position that needed to be taken to ensure the success of the Battle of the Somme.
By the time this Battle was over, Australia’s Soldiers had cemented themselves in history.
Having endured the worst artillery barrage recorded, our Soldiers took the Village and moved west towards Moquet Farm before they were withdrawn from Battle.
They were withdrawn from the Battle simply for the reason that there were no longer enough Australians left to fight.
The 1st, 2nd and 4th Australian Divisions were destroyed, sustaining over 23,000 casualties with 7,000 Soldiers killed.
Due to the Artillery barrage 4,000 of these Soldiers were never found, and are listed on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.
The Battle for Pozieres is Australia’s greatest loss of life in Battle, but these Men have become THE FORGOTTEN, with emphasis being placed on Gallipoli and Fromelles. Congratulations to the 1st Battalion Assn. for ensuring they are commemorated at a Church Service in Sydney each year.
Since the Battle, the Village has continued to honour our Soldiers, commemorating ANZAC Day, Australia Day, The Anniversary of the Battle and November 11.
The Village has done this at their own expense, with almost no help from the Australian Government. For a Village of 250 people, this has been a magnificent effort.
For ways that you can help to honour these Soldiers and help the Village with what they do to commemorate them, please take the time to read the rest of our web pages or contact us.