Teddy Bear – Western Front Albert Murray
Leut. Albert Murray, the Western Front Bear is the first ever Australia in the Great War officer bear. He is kitted out in boots and proudly wears his officer pips. In preparation for the Western Front he also wears ‘Brodie’ helmet and PH anti gas mask carry bag. This 40cm digger is limited to just 10,000 units worldwide. He comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The Australian Imperial Force arrived on the Western Front in March 2016. In July our Gallipoli veterans and new troops alike fought at the battles of Fromelles (19-20th July) and Pozieres (23rd July – 7th August). At Pozieres alone Australian losses – around 6,800 men, were comparable to the entire Gallipoli campaign.
In 1916 some 40,000 Australians were killed or wounded on the Western Front in France and Belgium. By wars end in November 1918 approximately 132,000 had been wounded and 46,000 had lost their lives.