Campaign Badge – Western Front WWI
Each campaign badge measures 2cm diameter. On the back the history of the campaign is outlined.
After escaping the horrors of Gallipoli, the ANZAC troops were redeployed to France to fight the Germans. Amongst the few units not sent to the Western European Front was the Light Horse, which remained in the Middle East. Fromelles, the Somme, Bullecourt, Messines, Passchendaele, Demancourt and Villers-Bretonneux are names that hold significant place in our history as a nation. During WWI more than 290,000 Australians serving in the Australian Imperial Force bravely fought on the Western Front in France & Belgium. Of the more than 290,000 Australians who served in this theatre of war, 46,000 were either killed in action or died of their wounds. Dotted across the landscape of France and Belgium are hundreds of war cemetaries and memorials where these soldiers lie buried or where their names are listed among those thousands who have ‘no known’ grave; the ‘missing’.