Unley Publications : Unley Life Summer 2014
UNLEYLIFE 03 The City of Unley has formed a partnership with the French town of Pozières, in recognition of its strong ties to the region forged during the First World War. The 27th Battalion is an important part of Unley’s history. The first Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lieu tenant Colonel Guy Dollman was the Mayor of the City of Unley from 1913-14 and lead the Battalion from its formation until August 1916. The Battle of Pozières involved three Australian divisions. T housands of South Australians died in battle. The current Mayor of Pozières, Bernard Delattre is keen to strengthen ties with Unley, as the town is still extremely grateful for the sacrifices Australian soldiers made to save their town from the enemy almost 100 years ago. The par tnership, which will help develop cultural, economic, social, educational and other beneficial exchanges bet ween the t wo cities, was announced at the French Christmas Market in November. The event was held at the Unley Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens. French music, film, food and handicrafts were showcased in the annual event that draws crowds of people eager to celebrate France’s vibrant culture. This year’s event, with the theme “Merci Australia”, also celebrated the Centennial of W WI. It paid homage to the Australian soldiers who gave their lives on the battlefields of France, thus forging an everlasting bond between the two countries. Alliance Française d'Adelaide Director Jean-Christophe Trentinella says it was important to honour the memory of the troops that lost their lives in battle. “As a South Australian organisation fostering relationships bet ween France and Australia, we have a duty to remember the courage of the Australian soldiers who fought and fell to deliver France and pass this memory onto younger generations,” he says. “ T his is our way to say Merci Australia, this is our way to say we do not forget.” Historical bonds draw Pozières and Unley closer “Thisisour waytosay Merci Australia, this is our way to say we do not forget.” Jean-Christophe Trentinella Celine Bernard (left) and Sandra Szondi from Alliance Francaise with Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne.
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