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Remembering Fromelles show to open in July

23rd June 2010

A new exhibition will reveal the story of 250 First World War soldiers whose bodies were recovered in 2009 from a mass grave in northern France.

Organised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the showcase will explain how the remains of the Australian and British troops were found in Fromelles and subsequently reburied there in a more fitting resting place.

The Remembering Fromelles exhibition will also look at the construction of the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, the first the commission has built in 50 years, where the soldiers are now buried.

David Richardson, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Fromelles project manager, commented: 'This has been an incredible project to work on over the past two years. The building of a new commission cemetery is something I never thought I would see.'

The show, which is held at the Imperial War Museum London and opens on July 1st, will include artefacts found at Fromelles and personal recollections of people involved with the recovery process. A book entitled Remembering Fromelles will also be published.

Earlier this year, research by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission confirmed that 14-year-old Reginald Earnshaw is the youngest known service casualty of the Second World War.

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