Search begins for Australian WWI diggers





Ninety-two years ago, Australia reeled as news filtered through from the World War I battlefields of France that 5,533 diggers had been either killed, wounded or taken prisoner in one night.

Of the 1,719 Australian diggers who died during the notorious Battle of Fromelles against some very well-prepared German forces in July 1916, the bodies of 170 were never found.

However, those diggers who have remained missing for more than nine decades have never been forgotten.

On Monday, a team of 15 archaeologists and scientists are due to begin a delicate excavation project to try and find their remains on the outskirts of the quiet rural town of Fromelles in northern France.


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