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Centenary of Bullecourt

Centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt – Digger Memorial, Bullecourt, France

Digger memorial, Bullecourt France, overlaid with soldiers in a trench

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Service: Centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt
Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Time: 3.00 pm
Seating style: Limited seating available
Venue: Digger Memorial, Bullecourt, France
Weather: Varied
Attendance passes: Required - Available February 2017
Visa requirements: Australian passport holders – No / Check your visa requirements
Security: Roaming security guards

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Getting to the Digger Memorial, Bullecourt

The bronze ‘Bullecourt Digger’ stands in the Australian Memorial Park just outside Bullecourt, along the Rue des Australiens and along the side road to Reincourt–les–Cagnicourt. Bullecourt is located approximately 60 km from Amiens and 165 km from Paris.

Please note that there will be no vehicle access to the Digger Memorial and the walk from Bullecourt to the Australian Memorial Park is approximately 800 metres. There is no shelter and limited seating available.

Visitors are reminded it can get quite hot during the day. A small day pack may be useful to carry extra clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and drinking water to avoid dehydration.

No public transport is available to Bullecourt – visitors will be required to make their own arrangements.

Detailed Services Program

Bullecourt Town Service (French Service)

Service: Anzac Day Service
Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Time: Expected to commence at 2.00 pm
Venue: The Commonwealth and French Monuments in the Bullecourt village centre – Square du Souvenir Francais
Attendance Passes: Not required

Australian Service at Digger Memorial

Service: Centenary commemoration
Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Time: 3.00 pm
Venue: Digger Memorial on the village outskirts of Bullecourt
Attendance Passes: Required – Available February 2017

Transport arrangements

Traffic management is the responsibility of, and is managed by, French Authorities.

No public transport is available to Bullecourt – visitors should make their own arrangements.

Bullecourt is approximately 60 minutes by car from Villers-Bretonneux, and 15 minutes from Bapaume. Due to the large crowds expected, the road through the village of Bullecourt will be closed.

Visitors may need to park outside the village and walk into the town for the French service in the town centre, and to the service at the Digger Memorial on the village outskirts. It should be noted that there is no shelter or seating available at this service.

Accessible Seating

Assistance will be available for visitors at this centenary commemoration who have registered a health or accessibility requirement, at the time of registration. Evidence from your General Practitioner may be requested to support your registration.

Those requesting accessible seating are able to have one carer with them to provide assistance. Consideration may be given to accompanying guests. Unfortunately due to seating capacity, it is not possible to extend this service to others travelling with their groups. If you require this service, please ensure you answer ‘Yes’ to the accessibility requirements question within your registration for an attendance pass. Closer to the commemoration, we will be in contact with further details.

Visitors should be able to walk 800 metres unaided from the Bullecourt town centre to the Digger Memorial.

Service Specific Visitor items

Laying a wreath

At the end of the centenary service, the Master of Ceremonies will invite members of the public forward in groups to lay a wreath or floral tribute.

Please note – DVA has no capacity to receive wreath deliveries at the Digger Memorial. If you do plan to lay a wreath, you will need to organise the wreath in advance and bring it with you to Bullecourt. Please consider carefully the size of your tribute as the areas in which wreaths may be laid are quite small and there are likely to be many hundreds of tributes presented. A single flower, a photo, a bunch of flowers or small wreath are all acceptable.

Further reading

Visitors wishing to locate a particular grave or name on a memorial to the missing should consult the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to identify the exact location of the grave or name on a memorial to the missing prior to travelling to France or Belgium. Limited assistance may be available on the day.

Contact Information

In Australia

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Telephone: 1300 364 002
Email: overseascommemorations@dva.gov.au
Facebook: DVA Aus / Anzac Centenary
Twitter: @DVAAus

For Consular Assistance in France

Telephone: +33 140 593 300
Email: Consular.Paris@dfat.gov.au
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Emergency helpline

Consular Emergency Centre 24 Hour Phone Service:
Telephone: 1300 555 135 within Australia (local call cost) or
Telephone: +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia

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