Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
The Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux contains the names of over 10,000 Australians who died in France during the First World War and have no known grave.
The Memorial consists of a large central tower flanked by two wing walls carrying the commemorative panels listing the missing.
The Memorial was only completed in 1938, delayed by the Great Depression. During the Second World War the Memorial was extensively damaged and repairs were subsequently carried out.
The Memorial is situated a few kilometres north of Villers-Bretonneux on the D23.
A further 1 294 Australians with no known grave are commemorated at VC Corner Cemetery at Fromelles. Seventeen missing from the Australian Flying Corps are listed on the Arras Flying Services Memorial in the Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery at Arras.
Each year the Memorial is host to a Dawn Service on Anzac Day. The service commences at 5.30 am and is followed by community services in Villers-Bretonneux and Bullecourt. Read more about the service, including important travel information and how to register for updates.
Please note: A number of visitors' cars have been reported broken into and belongings removed.
When visiting the memorial please remember to secure your vehicle and ensure that no valuables are left in your car.
See the memorials in historical perspective:
At the unveiling of the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux in 1938
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux with the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in the foreground
The band stands ready at a recent awards ceremony held at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux