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The Missing diggers of Fromelles - Mornington Library

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Lambis Englezos had an obsession to find, recover, and honour Australia’s missing diggers from the Battle of Fromelles.

In 2000, Lambis developed a theory that Australian diggers, killed at the Battle of Fromelles, were still lying in unmarked mass burial pits, after being buried there by the victorious Germans in July 1916. Lambis then set out to prove his theory with a view to seeing the diggers recovered and honoured. He was met by a wall of discouragement, disbelief, and official contempt, but he persisted.

In 2008, Lambis and his team were finally vindicated when the largest non-genocide mass burial in Western Europe since WW1 was confirmed - right where the team of “amateurs” had said it would be.

Lambis received the Order of Australia in 2008 for his Fromelles work. He also won the inaugural Shrine Medallion in 2010 and was honoured by the RSL of Victoria with their ANZAC Award in the same year.


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