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About Fallen Diggers and founder, Dennis Frank

My name is Dennis Frank and I am an avid militaria collector since the age of 13. My real passion has always been military history, especially WW1 and WW2. I have lost count of how many books I have read and documentaries I have watched on the subject. The first book I read when I was 13 was on the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli and I was hooked, wanting to learn more.

I have always been drawn more towards WW1 and the battles of the A.I.F., especially their participation on the Western Front. I do not have a degree in Military History, and my knowledge on the topics is gained purely through research I have undertaken.

I have recently returned from a trip to France where I was fortunate enough to spend extensive time with Greg Celerse from 'Remember Fromelles Tours', attending many battlefields and cemeteries from WW1. The whole experience was an eye opener, such a humbling experience and something that I would recommend every Australian endeavouring to do in their lifetime. This time spent visiting many Western Front battlefields was a moving and pivotal time in my life.

It was because of this tour and seeing so many Australian names on the walls of cemeteries, honouring the missing soldiers that I thought to myself that every attempt should be made to understand what these men went through.

That is why I founded Fallen Diggers Incorporated, to research the battlefields of WW1 and WW2 with the view of obtaining a greater understanding of what our brave soldiers experienced. Since inception, Fallen Diggers Inc. has grown into a dedicated team of researchers, historians and archaeologists, all working together towards the common goal of honouring out military personnel. Fallen Diggers Inc. also researches the graves of unknown soldiers - endeavouring to honour the graves with their name.


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