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  • Address: Rue de la Basse Ville, Fremelles, France

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Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery Tours

Just outside the Belgian border with France stands a First World War cemetery built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission containing the graves of 250 British and Australian soldiers who died on July 19, 1916, in the Battle of Fromelles - a diversionary battle, which only occured in order to draw the attention of the Germans away from the larger attacks elsewhere in Somme. It involved units of the Australian 5th Division and the British 61st Division, but alas, the Germans were well-prepared and the British Empire troops suffered great losses.

Dating back from just 2009, Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery was the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery to be built in commemoration of World War I in over 50 years; the last such cemeteries having mostly been in remembrance of the Second World War. The reason for this somewhat unusual delay is that analysis of historical aerial photographs showed the presence of mass graves on the edge of Pheasant Wood, which were confirmed after excavation works in 2008. Over 250 British and Australian bodies from five mass graves and some 6,200 individual artifacts have since been successfully identified using DNA analysis.

Practical Info

Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery is located in Fremelles, 18 kilometers west of Lille in northern France. It can be reached by car in 20 minutes via routes E42 and D141. When arriving in Fromelles the cemetery is located on Rue de la Basse Ville opposite the church and civil cemetery. The cemetery has its own parking area. 

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Small-Group Australian Battlefield Tour in Flanders and Fromelles from Arras, Arras, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Small-Group Australian Battlefield Tour in Flanders and Fromelles from Arras

Explore Australia’s World War I history in Flanders and Fromelles on this 9-hour small-group battlefield tour from Arras. Travel through Flanders and Fromelles ...  Read more

Location: Arras, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $317.15
Small-Group Australian Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Bruges, Bruges, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Small-Group Australian Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Bruges

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

You will stand in the footsteps of the Australian soldiers in Fromelles, Ploegsteert and Messines. You will see some of the mine craters laid by the 1st ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $356.79
Private Somme Battlefields, Fromelles and Flanders Fields Tour with Last Post Ceremony in Ypres ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Somme Battlefields, Fromelles and Flanders Fields Tour with Last Post Ceremony in Ypres from Brussels

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover northern France's famous World War I battlefields, trenches, cemeteries and memorials on this private day trip from Brussels. Learn about the history ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $204.17
Small-Group Australian Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Brussels, Brussels, Private Sightseeing ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Australian Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Brussels

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

You will stand in the footsteps of the Australian soldiers in Fromelles, Ploegsteert and Messines. You will see some of the mine craters laid by the 1st ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $374.63
Australian and New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Somme, Lille, Historical & Heritage Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Australian and New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Somme

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

You will see the Australian Soldier of Bullecourt, Le Hamel where John Monash used for the 1st time tanks and infantry on a modern way, Albert and Thiepval ...  Read more

Location: Arras, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $303.27

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