At the end of the war, the earth in Northern France and Belgium was littered with remnants of the Western Front battles. Millions of bodies were buried in the local farmers’ fields. Children grew up with warnings about the shrapnel that still remains underground.
Many Australian returned soldiers attempted to carve out a new life in resettlement communities such as the Pikedale Soldier Settlement Scheme on the Granite Belt in southern Queensland. They paid £625 to purchase and run their farming block.
Railway sidings on the Amiens Branch Railway line, that linked the settlement, were named after memorable battlefields where men from the area died and are buried: Fleurbaix, Pozieres, Bullecourt, Passchendaele, Bapaume, and Messines.
Guardian 2: David Evans
Guardian 3: Jean Harslett
Guardian 4: Madame Ginette
Guardians 5 & 6: Bernard Vasquez and Jean Mroz
Guardian 7: Madame Demassiet