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VC Corner Cemetery

Location

Fromelles is a village 16 kilometres west of Lille and VC Corner Australian Cemetery is 2 kilometres north-west of Fromelles on the road to Sailly.

The cemetery is just after the Australian Memorial which is well signposted from the village. You drive down the hill passed the church and out a narrow bending road.

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VC Corner Cemetery

 

Historical Information

VC Corner Cemetery

On the morning of 19th July 1916, after a preliminary bombardment, the 5th Australian and 61st (South Midland) Divisions undertook what is officially known as the Attack at Fromelles.

The 61st Division attack failed in the end, with the loss of over 1,000 officers and men out of 3,410 who took part in it.

The Australian left and centre reached the German trenches and held their second line during the day and night, but the right was held off by a fierce machine-gun barrage and only reached the front line in isolated groups.

The action was broken off on the morning of 20th July, after the 5th Australian Division had lost over 5 000 officers and men.

It was the first serious engagement of the Australian forces in France, and the only one to achieve no success.

VC Corner Cemetery was made after the Armistice. It contains the graves of over 400 Australian soldiers who died in the Attack at Fromelles and whose bodies were found on the battlefield, but not a single body could be identified.

It was therefore decided not to mark the individual graves, but to record on a screen wall the names of all the Australian soldiers who were killed in the engagement and whose graves were not known.

The memorial, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, commemorates 1 299 Australian casualties.

I have photos of all the panels.

 

Pheasant Wood

Following the recovery of the remains of 250 soldiers at Pheasant Wood in 2009 sixty eight of those commemorated on this memorial were identified by an Identification Board in 2010.

A further six soldiers commemorated at Villers Bretonneux were also identified, whilst another is in theory already buried at Rue Petillon Military Cemetery on the battlefield (Five minutes drive from here).

 

Australian Memorial VC Corner Australian Memorial VC Corner

Private George Shephard 2776
Private Thomas Shephard 2778
Their other brother, John 2777 had died on the 12th July and is buried in Marseilles

A Family Affair

There are numerous pairs of brothers commemorated on the memorial whilst in some cases one brother is here and the other was identified and buried elsewhere.

Those that I am aware of are:

32nd Bn AIF
Pte Archibald Choat 66 20th July 1916,
aged 19
Grave: I L 47 Rue Petillon
Military Cemetery
Pte Raymond Choat 68 20th July 1916,
aged 24
Panel 5A VC Corner
53rd Bn AIF
Pte Albert Bromley 4744 19th July 1916,
aged 19
Panel 7 VC Corner
Pte Sidney Bromley 4903 19th July 1916,
aged 23
Grave: VI J 43 Ration Farm
Military Cemetery
Pte John Carey 3481A 19th July 1916,
aged 23
Grave: I F 16 Rue du Bois
Military Cemetery
Pte Timothy Carey 3480A 19th July 1916,
aged 27
Panel 7 VC Corner
Pte Hector McLeod 3273
55th Bn
20th July 1916,
aged 21
Grave II I 4 Anzac Cemetery
Cpl William McLeod 3121 19th July 1916,
aged 29
Panel 7 VC Corner
Pte Eric Wilson 4887 19th July 1916 Found 2009 Pheasant Wood
Pte Samuel Wilson 3534 19th July 1916 Found 2009 Pheasant Wood
Pte Arthur Turner 3462A 19th July 1916 Panel 9 VC Corner
Pte Harry Turner 3455 19th July 1916 Panel 9 VC Corner
54th Bn AIF
Pte Hector McAulay 4391 19th July 1916 Panel 10 VC Corner
Pte Roderick McAulay 4270A 19th July 1916 Panel 10 VC Corner
59th Bn AIF
Cpl Harold Clements 4076 19th July 1916,
aged 26
Panel 15 VC Corner
Lance Cpl Vivian Clements 3055 19th July 1916,
aged 23
Grave: I B 29 Rue Petillon
Military Cemetery
Pte Roderick Fraser 3282 19th July 1916 Panel 16 VC Corner
Pte Alexander Fraser 1703
60th Bn
19th July 1916,
aged 25
Panel 20 VC Corner
Lance Cpl Gustave Hosie 2844 19th July 1916 Panel 15 VC Corner
Pte Russell Hosie 1948
60th Bn
19th July 1916 Panel 20 VC Corner
Pte Alfred Mitchell 2746 19th July 1916,
aged 21
Panel 17 VC Corner
Pte Sidney Mitchell 2714 19th July 1916,
aged 23
Panel 17 VC Corner
Pte Colin Perkins 2014 19th July 1916,
aged 23
Panel 17 VC Corner
Pte Eric Perkins 2421 19th July 1916,
aged 25
Panel 17 VC Corner
Pte Alfred Phillips 1804 19th July 1916,
aged 32
Panel 17 VC Corner
Pte Edwin Phillips 1743
60th Bn
19th July 1916,
aged 34
Panel 22 VC Corner
60th Bn AIF
Pte David Barr 3474A 19th July 1916 Panel 19 VC Corner
Pte Colin Barr 3479 31st August 1916 Grave: 3 C Z 34 Greenwich
England
Pte Charles Franklin 3105 19th July 1916,
aged 26
Panel 20 VC Corner
Pte Herbert Franklin 3104 19th July 1916,
aged 24
Panel 20 VC Corner
Pte Ernest Henderson 3798 19th July 1916 Panel 20 VC Corner
Pte Leslie Henderson 2603 19th July 1916,
aged 20
Panel 20 VC Corner
Sgt Geoffrey Jones 798 19th July 1916,
aged 21
Panel 18 VC Corner
Pte Rolf Jones 3523
59th Bn
15th February 1917 Grave IV D 1 Brookwood
England
Pte Alexander McLean 3200 19th July 1916,
aged 22
Panel 21 VC Corner
Pte Victor McLean 3209 19th July 1916,
aged 19
Panel 21 VC Corner
Pte Patrick McManus 3831 19th July 1916,
aged 24
Panel 21 VC Corner
Pte Samuel McManus 2719 19th July 1916,
aged 21
Panel 21 VC Corner
Pte William Miller 2735 19th July 1916,
aged 26
Panel 21 VC Corner
Pte Robert Miller 2736 19th July 1916 Panel 21 VC Corner
Pte George Shephard 2776 19th July 1916 Panel 22 VC Corner
Pte John Shephard 2777 12th July 1916 Grave: IV A 7 Mazargues
Cemetery
Pte Thomas Shephard 2779 19th July 1916 Panel 22 VC Corner
Pte James Spooner 3941
The son
19th July 1916,
aged 25
Panel 22 VC Corner
Pte Edward Spooner 2663
His father
31st July 1916,
aged 45
Grave: E3438 Southend on Sea
England

 

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