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Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery Tours

Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery
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.

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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. 
Address: Rue de la Basse Ville, Fremelles, France
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Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Fromelles and Flanders from Lille

Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Fromelles and Flanders from Lille

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See where Australian soldiers served in France and Belgian Flanders in World War I on a full-day private tour from Lille. With a knowledgeable driver-guide and flexible itinerary customizable to your preferences, visit some of the pivotal locations where Australians fought and died. Visit Fromelles Memorial Park to remember the disastrous Australian losses here in 1916; explore the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience at Ploegsteert; and see Messines mine craters laid by the 1st Australian Tunneling Company in 1917. End with time at Tyne Cot and the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.67
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$333.67
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Fromelles and Ypres Day Tour from Arras and Lille

Fromelles and Ypres Day Tour from Arras and Lille

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Visit key World War I battle sites on this 12-hour Fromelles and Ypres day tour from Arras. Travel by minivan through the killing fields of Fromelles as a guide shares the fallen soldiers’ stories. Discover WWI command posts, bunkers and tunnels, and learn of the war’s legacy at the Fromelles Museum. Pay your respects at the Cobbers Memorial, Tyne Cot and the V.C. Corner Memorial, then head through Flanders Fields to Ploegsteert Wood for lunch. Afterward, attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
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  • 13 hours
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$240.24
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Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Flanders and Fromelles from Arras

Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Flanders and Fromelles from Arras

Depart Arras and honor the Australian World War I soldiers who fought and died at Fromelles and Flanders on this private day trip, accompanied by an expert driver-guide. Adjust your sightseeing around your interests with a flexible itinerary, and stand at battlegrounds and memorials forever associated with Australian endeavor. See the Messines craters caused by mines deployed by Australian tunnelers; visit Tyne Cot Cemetery and Polygon Wood; and view the ‘Cobbers’ statue and more at Fromelles Memorial Park. Finish with a visit to Ypres to witness its Last Post Ceremony.
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  • 6 to 9 minutes
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$357.94
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$357.94
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3 days on Australian WW1 battlefields starting from Ypres or Lille

3 days on Australian WW1 battlefields starting from Ypres or Lille

I am very flexible tours can be amended to go to visit some graves of your relatives. All tours are private. For transport I use a comfortable Mercedes Vito Tourer fully equiped for tours. I spent my life on these battlefields and I am guiding people since 20 years. I can provide a walker or a wheelchair.
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  • 3 days
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$1,019.21
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