4Z07 Finding the lost soldiers of Fromelles

Tutor/Facilitator Lambis Englezos

Date: on/from Thu 30 Mar 2023 to Thu 30 Mar 2023
Frequency: Single event
Class time: 11:15-12:30

Delivered F2F

Mary Kehoe Centre, Hall

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After meeting many returned diggers as a child growing up in Melbourne, Lambis became fascinated with learning about the diggers of the First World War. In 2000, Lambis developed a theory that Australian diggers, killed at the Battle of Fromelles, were still lying in unmarked mass burial pits, after being buried there by the victorious Germans in July 1916. Lambis then set out to prove his theory with a view to seeing the diggers recovered and honoured properly. He was met by a wall of discouragement, disbelief, and official contempt, but he persisted… and gradually an alliance of supporters, media, and amateur historians, gathered around him.
In 2008, Lambis and his team were finally vindicated when the largest non-genocide mass burial in Western Europe since WW1 was confirmed – right where the team of “amateurs” had said it would be.
In 2010 Lambis again visited Fromelles to attend the opening of the new Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the burial service of the final soldier of the 250 soldiers recovered from the mass grave. He was specifically named and thanked by the Governor General, Quentin Bryce, in her speech at the Opening.

TUTOR: Lambis Englezos is a Greek-born, retired Art Teacher from Melbourne, with a love of lawn bowls and a “magnificent obsession” to find, recover, and honour Australia’s missing diggers from the Battle of Fromelles. He has become widely known as one of Australia’s foremost experts on Australia’s Great War experience.
Lambis received the Order of Australia in 2009 for his Fromelles work. He also won the inaugural Shrine Medallion in 2010 and was honoured by the RSL of Victoria with their ANZAC Award in the same year.
He is the co-founder and driving force behind the internationally renowned “Friends of the 15th Brigade” and is acknowledged in many books including Les Carlyon’s ‘The Great War’ and Robin Corfield’s ‘Don’t Forget me Cobber’.

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