7000 crosses and poppies have arrived safely in Pozieres.
The photo of Joel Pelletier (Deputy Mayor) and Bernard Delattre Mayor of Pozieres looking at the first finished cross off the assembly line.
They will in the field near the Windmill Site on 23rd July 2016 for the official opening of the Memorial Park at 8.30am.
The wording on the cross reads Australia 1916 Pozieres.
Pozieres is the greatest loss of life in Battle ever experienced by Australia.
In the six weeks of the Battle, the 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions were shattered, 7000 men killed and 16000 wounded. Most of these men were survivors of Gallipoli.
While many of the battles in the Battle of the Somme achieved very little recovering only metres of ground from the Germans, the Australian Forces succeeded in liberating one square kilometre in the six weeks, a massive achievement.
As an indication of the impact on Australia, 1 in every 8 of the men that were killed in WW1 died in those six weeks at Pozieres.
The actual correct figures will never be known, as many of the survivors were shell shocked in combination with their wounds and their life expectancy was greatly reduced.
Many committed suicide after returning to Australia
The soldiers were subject to an unrelenting hail of artillery shells which did not stop for those six weeks, and as a result of that barrage 4112 of these men were never found or identified after the Battle, and still lie in the fields of Pozieres.
This means that the Village of Pozieres is actually Australia’s largest Military Cemetery, but there are no crosses here.
Thanks to your help, 2016 will be there first time ever that EVERY man that died in the Battle will have a cross together, and it will be the very first time that 4112 men will have ever had a cross over their resting place.