Unveiling of the Montbrehain Plaque in Melbourne

On 23 August 2018, representatives from the Australian Military Forces, Victorian Police,the French Consulate of Melbourne and many others gathered at the Shrine of Remembrance for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque of the Battle of Montbrehain. This battle, on 5th of October 1918, was the last infantry action that the Australian Imperial Force fought on the Western Front in the First World War.

The Plaque, carefully designed by the Victorian Police, will be proudly displayed on the walls of the Mairie of Montbrehain, a tangible sign of the awareness and respect that France has for the achievements and courage of Australian First World War soldiers, notwithstanding the passing of the time…

The morning included speeches from Mr Peter Meehan, Mr David Mann, Chair of Blue Ribbon Foundation, Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, and Mrs Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul General of France. Guests were also treated to the Military March conducted by the Shrine Guards.

All in all, this moving ceremony allowed to gain a grand insight into the role of the Australian soldiers at Battle of Montbrehain, as well as the strong unwavering relations between France and Australia.

Lest we forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.