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Pozieres Memorial

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Normandy, France.

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Six kilometres out of Albert, Pozieres was the sight of a bloody Somme battle, as Australian and British forces pushed for the town as an entry into the German trenches there.  The village was turned to rubble and thousands of lives lost on both sides as the trench was taken and lost.  With both sides knowing the layout of the trench it came under constant directed bombardment.  

The Pozieres Memorial is part of the Pozieres British Cemetery, as well as the Australian, and though it's for the soldiers who fell and were lost or they have no known grave elsewhere and there were plenty of Australian missing from this battle, there are no Australian names on it.  The names belong to 300 South Africans and around 14,000 British men who died here between the 21st of March and 7th of August 1918.  As well as the grave markers there 

 

Written by  Toby Bright.

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