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Webmatters : Australians on the Somme: Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day 2014

Villers Bretonneux

Anzac Day 2014

What a difference a year makes. In 2012 we were drowned; 2013 turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year and this year it was a good mixture of the two with it being somewhat draughty at the memorial but the rain staying away until after the mornings ceremonies.

Major General David Chalmers AO CSC acted as Master of Ceremonies and the welcoming address was given by the Australian Ambassador to France : HE Mr Ric Wells.

The Call to Remembrance was given by Lieutenant General Ash Power AO CSC, Chief of Joint Operations, Australian Defence Forces. The reply on behalf of the French Government was given by M. Jean-François Cordet, Préfet de la région Picardie.


Some photos from the dawn service and town ceremony


TV Cameras are ready for the live broadcast down under Green and gold everywhere Whilst awaiting the ceremony we were given a slide show of faces Names of some of the casualties were read out Call to Remembrance : Lt General Ash Power AO CSC Commemorative Address : The Hon. Julie Bishop MP Approximately 6000 Australians were in attendance The Town Hall complete with kangaroos Organising the wreaths for the ceremony at the town's war memorial The gathering of the Porte-drapeaux Last minute checks for the honour guard Australian and French servicemen The alley way to the monument is lined with Australian and French servicemen One for the album Taking up position Jules Laude, Bullecourt's retired mayor Waiting to signal the arrival of the VIPs The German and New Zealand representatives Apart from those actively involved the rest of us have to remain outside the railings The rain managed to stay away until after the ceremony No doubting where this couple comes from After the ceremony H.E. Mr Ric Wells takes his leave Last words before leaving A lively display in the school hall

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