The Mayor of the French village of Pozières will today be presented an honorary Order of Australia at the commemoration service for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozières.
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. James McGrath, said Bernard Delattre would receive an OAM for services to Australian French relations from Australian Ambassador to France Stephen Brady AO CVO.
“Pozières has been an important site for Australia since so many of our countryman fought and died there during World War I,” Mr McGrath said.
“Australian soldiers captured and held the village of Pozières but in doing so our country paid a terrible price, with 1st ANZAC Corps suffering 24,139 casualties in eight weeks.
“Since becoming mayor in 2001, Mr Delattre has been a passionate custodian of our soldiers’ legacy.
“He has hosted an annual service for our soldiers and worked closely with the Australian Government on remembrance activities, most notably by supporting the development of the Australian Remembrance Trail at Pozières.
“Australia has never forgotten the service of the men who fought and died in World War I and Mr Delattre and the citizens of Pozières have honoured their memory through the respect they hold for our soldiers and they welcome they give to Australians visiting the local memorials to pay their respects.”