SIR Peter Cosgrove has marked 99 years since the bloodiest day in Australian military history claimed more than 5500 lives in the Battle of Fromelles during World War I. The GovernorGeneral was joined by about 200 people, including descendants of those who died in battle, at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance yesterday. Fromelles was the first major battle involving Australian troops in France in World War I. It was fought over July 19 and 20 in 1916 and resulted in 5533 Australians being killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
Sir Peter Cosgrove.