War Memorials in France
The bloody campaigns and battles of the Western Front in Belgium and France between 1916 and 1918 witnessed many Australian achievements, though at a cost of some 46,000 of our countrymen’s lives. France today remains the country with more Australian war dead than any other, with a number of official memorials commemorating our ‘diggers’.
These Memorials to the feats of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions stretch across northern France from Pozieres to Bellenglise.
|Australian Corps Memorial Park, Le Hamel
Le Hamel was the site of one of the AIF’s most successful battles, fought on 4 July 1918. The Australian Corps Memorial Park in Le Hamel now serves as a focal point for visitors to the 1918 battlefields.
|Australian Memorial Park, Bullecourt
The statue known as the ‘Bullecourt Digger’ features at this Memorial Park. It overlooks the battlefield of 1917, where 10,000 members of the AIF were killed or wounded.
|Australian Memorial Park, Fromelles
||‘Cobbers’, a sculpture depicting a soldier carrying his wounded mate, forms the heart of this Memorial Park, situated on an old German line captured by the Australians|
|Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux
This great monument forms a Memorial to the Missing, commemorating over 10,000 Australians who died in France in the First World War and have no known grave.
|Mouquet Farm Battle Exploit Plaque
The AIF and the 6,300 Australian casualties sustained in the fierce fighting between Pozieres and Mouquet Farm between July and September 1916 are commemorated here.
|Windmill Site, Pozieres
||This site sits atop the ridge linking Pozieres and Mouquet Farm. Four of the five Australian Divisions fought for possession of this ridge|
See the memorials in historical perspective:
1st Division Memorial, Pozieres
artist impression of re-development of Le Hamel memorial
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux with the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in the foreground