Just before we leave Fromelles, a visit to the village war memorial is, of course, mandatory.
We saw the church in Fromelles last post from Pheasant Wood Cemetery, noting how important it was as an observation post to the Germans. The Aubers Ridge never rises to more than 120 feet above sea level, but in an area as flat as French Flanders, the commanders on both sides considered 120 feet well worth dying for. As long as it wasn’t them.
The men of the village who died in both World Wars are remembered here,…
…two surnames (Castel & Fournier) appearing on both First and Second World War lists. Note the single casualty at the bottom from the war in Indochina in 1947. Good morning Vietnam.
Civilian victims (above & below)…
…and a small plaque remembering those who died in Algeria, Morocco & Tunisia.
Off to Sailly-sur-la-Lys now, for the final part of our tour of the cemeteries associated with the Battle of Fromelles.