The Western Front Today - AIF Burial Ground

Named after the Australian Imperial Force, the AIF Burial Ground at Flers holds 3,555 burials: 2,811 British, 402 Australian, 163 French, 84 New Zealand, 68 Canadian and 27 South African; and 26 special memorials.

The AIF held the line near this location during Winter  1916/17 and this cemetery was first used as a burial ground in November 1916, continuing to do so until 1917.

As with many cemeteries, the AIF Burial Ground was much enlarged and consolidated following the war.

Film Footage of AIF Burial Ground

Before Endeavours Fade, Rose E.B. Coombs, After the Battle 1994
Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide - Somme, Leo Cooper 2000

A howitzer is any short cannon that delivers its shells in a high trajectory. The word is derived from an old German word for "catapult".

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