The Commonwealth War Graves Commission today announced plans and released designs for the first war cemetery to be built by the Commission for almost fifty years.

The new cemetery, to be known as Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, will be used to re-inter with dignity the remains of up to 400 Australian and British servicemen who died during the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. The remains of these men currently lie in a number of newly-discovered mass graves at Pheasant Wood in the village of Fromelles.

Work on the new cemetery will begin in May 2009 and will be completed by December. The cemetery will be built to the same high standards as the Commission's existing First World War memorials and cemeteries in France - using similar materials and horticulture - but taking account of modern construction methods and accessibility requirements.

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