This Anzac Day tribute is dedicated to the unnamed Anzac soldiers that remain on the battlefields of France after the Battle of The Somme
During my 28 years of Service with the Australian Army, I was fortunate to be posted as the Senior Army Officer in France responsible for a resident project team managing the initial phases of a major ADF aviation acquisition programme.
As the largest Army contingent in France, each year we had the privilege of supporting the traditional Battle of The Somme Anzac Day ceremonies marching at Villers-Bretonneuux, Fromelles and Bullecourt. On the 25th of April each year in France, we joined with French and New Zealand Officers and led a parade at each of the memorials to honour and commemorate our fallen Anzacs.
The most striking feature about the landscape of northern France is the sheer number of cemeteries that exist, as well as their size. It is a very sobering experience to stop and contemplate the carnage that took place in these fields and how many young Australians never returned. The privilege of participating in an Anzac Day ceremony at Fromelles and Villers-Bretonneuux surrounded by our fallen Anzacs raised emotions and feelings that cannot be described, it must be experienced.