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.
I just wanted to say a quick thankyou for your guide to Fromelles. I had a day off last week and headed over the Chanel for a brief few hours, and managed to visit the main landmarks that you’ve highlighted over the past few weeks, and your blog saved me a few hours of researching and added greatly to the trip. I also found the “Hitler Bunker”, a German command post which Hitler re-visited in ww2 after the fall of France, and was a place he would have known well when he was a mere Corporal. Did you manage to find this one?Thanks again
Hello Mr. B. I can’t tell you how good that is to hear. Not just you heading over for a day trip (very cool), but that my Fromelles posts were of good use. And no, I didn’t see the Hitler bunker; I have only become aware of it in my post-trip research. As I still have to visit the British cemeteries on the Aubers Ridge, it will have to wait until then.