Michael Burden

Screen & Photography

The Lost Diggers of Fromelles

Students from St Clare’s College in Waverley will follow in the footsteps of soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Fromelles. They will tell their stories through letters written by the women who loved them.

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This documentary looks at the Battle of Fromelles through the eyes of the women left behind. The battle was the biggest single loss of life in Australia’s military history over a twenty-four hour period. The impact of the loss of so many young men was felt across the nation as husbands, fathers, brothers and sons were taken from their families in a futile and poorly planned battle that took place on July 19th, 1916.

Following the battle, the authorities received countless letters from families requesting information around the disappearance of their loved ones. These letters form the basis of our documentary, allowing viewers to experience the sacrifice and loss endured by those left to grieve across our nation.

The students from St Clare’s College have created video profiles of a number of soldiers identified in the mass grave at Pheasant Wood. These profiles will be interwoven throughout the documentary along with letters sent from women back at home. The students will read these letters in the exact locations the soldiers stood, to provide a powerful reminder of the impact each family felt.

Our film will highlight the work of Lambis Englezos, who is solely responsible for the discovery of the mass grave at Pheasant Wood. Alongside writer/director Patrick Lindsay, the group of students aim to restore the dignity of these men and finally give closure to the generations of families who have grieved the passing of loved ones for over a century.

Our aim is to recognise the tremendous sense of loss felt across the nation following the evening of July 19, 1916. Through this documentary, viewers will particularly sympathise with the pain and suffering experienced by the women left behind. This will be the Battle of Fromelles as never told before.

We thank you in advance for your contribution to this project as we work towards preserving the memory of the courageous Australian soldiers and empowering the voices of the countless women who were left behind to witness the traumatic effects of the Battle of Fromelles.

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Michael Burden

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NSW

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We are a Catholic secondary girls school located in the heart of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. With approximately 500 students we are immersed in the charism of St Clare and St Francis of Assisi. Founded by the Poor Clare Sisters in 1884, the College has educated students from all backgrounds. We are a living Franciscan community that is committed to empowering young women to go out into the world with open, loving hearts to serve others and make our world a kinder and gentler place.

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