Australian Jew remembered at new WW1 cemetery

July 20, 2010 by J-Wire
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Prince Charles has dedicated a new military cemetery at Fromelles in France believed to be the final resting place of Edward Samuel.

Samuel was 30 when he was killed in a fierce battle during World War 1 94 years ago.

A mass grave was discovered near the French town in 2008 by an Australian historian and an investigation was launched by the Australian government. It is believed that more than 5,500 Australians were killed during the battle on July 19, 1916.

Edward Samuel was a Jewish Scotsman who had made Australia his home. A relative who had had travelled from England for the dedication told media that his remains had not been identified but that the investigation was continuing.

One Australian soldier has been formally identified and he was laid to rest at the ceremony yesterday.

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