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Labor welcomes find at World War I grave site.



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ALAN GRIFFIN, MP Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs Shadow Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

LABOR WELCOMES FIND AT WORLD WAR I GRAVE SITE

The Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Alan Griffin today welcomed news that a survey of a World War One Grave Site at Fromelles has revealed evidence of the location of some our of missing World War I diggers.

The survey was undertaken after a compelling case was put to the Government on the digger’s location by Mr Lambis Englezos.

The evidence from Mr Englezos suggested that 170 Australian diggers were buried by the German Army at various sites including Pheasant Wood, located just outside the French village of Fromelles.

I congratulate the Mr Englezos on his hard work, perseverance and dedication in researching the fate of these Australian Soldiers. I also thank the French landowners for their wonderful cooperation during the survey.

Labor has consistently supported the efforts of Mr Englezos and on more than one occasion has called on the Government to act upon his information.

His claims were often met with scepticism by the Government and Bureaucracy so it is great to see his efforts today rewarded with this find.

Once the site is confirmed the Australian Government must have it properly commemorated.

In November last year I called on the Government to immediately undertake a survey of this area when compelling evidence contained with German World War I documents was uncovered by Mr Englezos.

Nearly two years ago I had the honour of visiting the site where the Battle of Fromelles took place. During this time I also visited Pheasant Wood.

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