ANZAC at the Western Front in 1916

The Geelong Amateur Radio Club in Victoria will in July commemorate Australia’s engagement in battle as the ANZACs fought at Fromelles and Poziéres in France on the Western Front in WWI.

With support from the Wireless Institute of Australia, the Geelong Amateur Radio Club will activate the VK100ANZAC callsign. A special QSL card has been designed and offered to all in the log.

The club joins a wreath laying service at the Shrine of Remembrance precinct in Melbourne on July 19, with others commemorating the centenary of the Western Front. Those battles for freedom have resulted in a close relationship between France and Australia.

The club has been eagerly supported by Don Breguet aged 81, who lives at Lara near Geelong, and related to one of the fallen. He recently was told that his DNA matched one of the last four unidentified soldiers from the mass grave at Pheasant Woods, Fromelles.

The previously unnamed grave is that of Geelong digger Justin Breguet, who died during Australia’s bloodiest 24 hours at war. Fromelles was Australia’s greatest military catastrophe, with 5,500 killed and wounded in 12 hours.

source : ICI