1. Fromelles excavation report - July 2009

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    The excavation of several mass graves at Fromelles in northern France is progressing well. In this video report, Ranald Leask from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which is overseeing the project, reveals what discoveries have so far been made.

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    • Australian Spitfire pilot finally laid to rest

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      On Tuesday 19 April 2011 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Ranville War Cemetery near Caen in Normandy, France, Flight Lieutenant Henry "Lacy" Smith was buried. The 27 year old Australian was killed as he flew his Spitfire in support of ground forces which had landed a few days previously on D-Day. The ceremony proved to be very emotional, with Lieutenant Smith's family amongst the mourners.

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      • Fromelles reburials begin

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        On the 30th of January 2010, the first of 250 British and Australian soldiers was reburied at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.

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        • Fromelles Cemetery nears completion ahead of reburials

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          At Fromelles in northern France, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is building its first new cemetery in 50 years. On 30 January 2010, the reburial of 250 Australian and British soldiers will begin. These reburials will continue through February and the public will be able to view proceedings. With around 70% of the construction at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery now complete, Ranald Leask reports on how this important project is progressing.

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          • 65th Arnhem Commemoration - September 2009

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            On the weekend of the 19th and 20th of September, thousands of people gathered in and around Arnhem to remember the Allies' failed attempt to shorten the War by seizing key bridges in Holland and north-west Germany. Ranald Leask of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission spent the weekend talking to local people, visitors and the veterans themselves.

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            • Montrose cemetery reveals secrets

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              Staff from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have recently carried out renovation work to improve the appearance of war graves within Sleepyhillock Cemetery in Montrose, Angus. 132 war graves are contained within this cemetery, dating from both World Wars. CWGC staff, with help from Angus Council, carried out work on herbaceous borders and turfed areas. Montrose played an important part in guarding Britain’s shores during the First and Second World Wars and its strategic importance - positioned between between the Royal Navy's bases at Scapa Flow and Rosyth - was identified at an early stage by the War Office, which established the UK’s first operational air station on the outskirts of Montrose in 1913. Most of the casualties buried at Sleepyhillock served in the air forces, both British and Commonwealth, but army and naval casualties are also buried there. 39 of the graves date from the First World War, with 93 from the Second World War. Of the Second World War casualties, 85 are British or Commonwealth, with 8 Polish graves.

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              • Signhills School visit to Cleethorpes Cemetery

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                The children at Signhills Junior School visited the CWGC Cemetery in Cleethorpes this month. As they are presently learning about the Second World War, teachers felt the visit really enhanced the children's understanding of war and its effect on others. (Thanks to Channel 7 tv for permission to use this video). http://www.channel7tv.co.uk/

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                • Fromelles Cemetery opens

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                  On 19 July 2010, exactly 94 years after the Battle of Fromelles, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery opened. Thousands of people attended this very special event, including hundreds of relatives of those soldiers who died during the battle.

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                  • The untold story of Dunkirk, 1940

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                    Operation "Dynamo", as the effort to evacuate thousands of allied servicemen from France became known, was described as a "a miracle of deliverance" by Winston Churchill, but while getting over 330,000 soldiers back home was a huge achievement, it doesn't tell the whole story of June 1940. For many, the fall of France and the retreat to the Channel Ports meant desperate rearguard actions, surrender, captivity and death. Ranald Leask visits some of the Commission's cemeteries and memorials to those who fell at Dunkirk and speaks to the men who were there.

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                    • New Fromelles exhibition opens at Imperial War Museum

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                      A new exhibition, organised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, tells the fascinating story of the 250 Australian and British soldiers who were found in several mass graves at Fromelles in northern France in 2008. Over the past two years, the soldiers have been carefully exhumed and reburied in the CWGC's new purpose-built cemetery at Fromelles, the first such cemetery to be built in 50 years. This video shows the new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London, and talks to relatives of the men who fell at Fromelles, as well as some of those experts who've worked on the project.

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