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PRIVATE CECIL BURNS - 46th BATTALION A.I.F. - FOUND
Pte Burns

Fallen Diggers Incorporated are extremely pleased to announce that another Australian WW1 digger, whose resting place was previously unknown, has now been found.

Private Cecil Henry Burns No. 2869 of 46th Battalion was killed in action on the 19th October 1917. His final resting place will no longer be inscribed, 'Known unto God'.

Private Burns has been located at Menin Road South Military Cemetery Belgium, Plot III. J. 11. Advice will be given regarding Private Burns rededication ceremony in the near future.

(Picture right: Pte Burn's grave. Below: The row in which the grave is located at the Menin Road South Military Cemetery) Image credits: Genevra Charsley

Menin Road South Military Cemetery

PRIVATE ALEXANDER WILLIAMSON - 29th BATTALION A.I.F. - FOUND
Pte Williamson

Fallen Diggers Incorporated are extremely pleased to announce that another Australian WW1 digger, whose resting place was previously unknown, has now been found.

Private Alexander Williamson No. 691 of 29th Battalion was killed in action on the 24th October 1917. His final resting place will no longer be inscribed, 'Known unto God'.

Private Williamson has been located at Hooge Crater Cemetery Belgium, Plot XIV. F. 2. Advice will be given regarding Corporal Anderson's rededication ceremony in the near future.

Another amazing discovery from Andrew and Dennis.

(Picture right: Pte Williamson's grave at Hooge Crater Cemetery)

 

CORPORAL DONALD ANDERSON - 19th BATTALION A.I.F. - FOUND
Cpl Anderson

Fallen Diggers Incorporated are extremely pleased to announce that another Australian WW1 digger, whose resting place was previously unknown, has now been found.

Corporal Donald Anderson of 19th Battalion, A.I.F. was killed in action on the 7th April 1918. His final resting place will no longer be inscribed, 'Known unto God'.

Corporal Anderson has been located at Hangard Wood Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux in France, Plot II. A. 4. Advice will be given regarding Corporal Anderson's rededication ceremony in the near future.

Congratulations Dennis and Andrew for your tireless work.

We have no know photo of him, but that might change in the near future. We are trying to locate his family in Scotland.

(Picture right: Cpl Anderson's grave at Villers-Bretonneux)

 

 

CORPORAL ALBERT LLEWELLYN KNIGHT - NO LONGER LOST

Fallen Diggers Incorporated are extemely pleased to announce that another Australian WWI digger, whose resting place was previously unknown, has now been found.

Corporal Albert Llewellyn Knight MM of the 18th Battalion and was killed in action on the 19 May 1918, his final resting place will no longer be inscribed, 'Known unto God'.

Corporal Knight has been located at Beacon Cemetery Sailly-Laurette in France, Plot I. B. 1. Advice will be given regarding Corporal Knight's rededication ceremony in the near future.

Congratulations Dennis and Andrew for your tireless work.

(Picture credit - Beacon Cemetery: Old Monkey, Panoramio)

Beacon Cemetery

 

 

NO LONGER UNKNOWN

Fallen Diggers Incorporated and Andrew Pittaway are ecstatic to announce that the burial sites of three A.I.F. soldiers from WWI, previously marked as 'unknown' have now been identified. These men were buried in the Birr Cross Roads Cemetery in Belgium.

In December 2014, evidence of the findings were submitted to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and this was accepted in March this year. Both Andrew and Dennis Frank have been working on this project for many months and are happy to announce that these brave men will finally have their names on the headstones where they lay. The families of these men have all been notified and are thrilled with the news.

Congratulations to both Dennis and Andrew on this tremendous outcome!

Private Henry Huntsman

7th Battalion A.I.F.

Plot I. D. 20

 

 

 


Private John Neilson

8th Battalion A.I.F.

Plot IV. E.11

 

 

 


Private Charles Eacott

7th Battalion A.I.F.

Plot I. D. 19

 

RESULTS OF POZIÈRES SURVEYS

In November 2014 at the request of Fallen Diggers Incorporated, Archaelogical & Heritage Management Solutions (AHMS) and Professor John Hunter (MLF Archaeology), performed several geophysical (resistivity) surveys in the vicinity of Mouquet Farm, just north of Pozières in France.

The findings of these surveys are outlined in the following report. Special thanks to the following people who assisted in this project: Mayor Bernard Delattre (Mayor of Pozières), Matthew Kelly and Jon Sterenberg (AHMS), Barry Gracey (Pozières Rememberance Association), Bill James, Les Matthews, Richard Lund and Scott Brand.

Pozieres Survey

POZIÈRES SURVEYS

Dear followers, great news.

Step 1 of many surveys to be undertaken in Pozières beginning on October 13 and Concludes on the 15th. Professor John Hunter and a team from Fallen Diggers Inc. will be surveying OG1, OG2 and Toms Cut Trench. This great Aerial photo taken by Stephen Kerr shows where OG1 and 2 used to be. We are undertaking this survey for our friends at 'Pozières Remembered Association' who are building a memorial park in Pozières.

Pozieres Memorial Park

THE CHAPLIN BROTHERS
The Chaplin Brothers

This is a portrait of the Chaplin brothers.

Fallen Diggers is currently researching 2584 Sgt Albert Reginald Victor Chaplin. Shortly before he was killed in action at Mouquet Farm he was promoted from Private to Sergeant.

Albert Chaplin is the brother on the right handside of the photo.

He has no known grave.

PUTTING A FACE TO THE NAME

This is Private Frank Alexander Moore.

Frank Moore served with the 52nd Battalion Australian Imperial Forces (A.I.F.). He was last seen in 'No Mans Land' at the Battle of Mouquet Farm and he is one of 37 soldiers that we are trying to locate.

We are very close to confirming Private Moore's location and are awaiting the arrival of additional war diaries to confirm our findings.

HISTORICAL MAPS & MODERN MAPS

Part of the research being conducted involves correlating information provided on historical maps, both civil and military and comparing these to modern maps of areas under investigation.

As can be imagined, over such a period of time there are many inconsistencies and changes between maps, both topographically and changes to construction.

Great care and thorough analysis is required to ensure that assumptions are prevented and errors are minimised.