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Ongoing work to ID Aust Fromelles soldiers

Another seven Australian soldiers who died in the Battle of Fromelles have been formally identified. (AAP)

Another seven Australian soldiers who died in the Battle of Fromelles have been formally identified.

MORE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS KILLED AT FROMELLES IDENTIFIED A CENTURY LATER:

AUSTRALIA'S LOSSES

The July 1916 Battle of Fromelles in France was the first major engagement by Australian troops on the Western Front during World War I.

Australia suffered total casualties of 5533, including 1917 dead and 470 taken prisoner.

It remains the worst 24 hours of Australian military history.

THE FROMELLES PROJECT

The remains of 250 soldiers were recovered from mass graves near Pheasant Wood in 2009.

In 2010 the bodies were reinterred with full military honours in graves in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery.

Now identified: 166 Australian soldiers

Not yet identified: 84 soldiers

HOW THE PROJECT WORKS

The Fromelles Project data analysis team examines forensic and artefact evidence, historical information, anthropological data and DNA testing to determine soldiers' identities.

The Fromelles Identification Board meets each year to consider the evidence and make a decision.

More than 3000 people are registered on the Australian Fromelles relatives database and almost 1000 have provided DNA samples for analysis.

Project involves: Defence, other agencies, contracted specialists, volunteer researchers.

Families: Register with the Australian Army's unrecovered war casualties unit if relatives fought at Fromelles, died on 19 or 20 July, 1916, but have no known grave.

THE SEVEN SOLDIERS IDENTIFIED IN 2019

* Private Arthur George Batt. 32nd Battalion Australian Imperial Force. Age 32 of Hilton, South Australia.

* Private Edward James Hope. 54th Battalion AIF. Age 28 of Penrith, NSW.

* Private Leslie Clark Dunn. 31st Battalion AIF. Age 28 of West Melbourne, Victoria.

* Private George Honey. 32nd Battalion AIF. Age 31 of West Guilford, Western Australia.

* Lance Corporal Ralph Johnson. 31st Battalion AIF. Age 19 of Middle Brighton, Victoria.

* Lance Corporal John Alexander Crawford. 32nd Battalion AIF. Age 32 of Hindmarsh, South Australia.

* Private Peter Paul Shannon. 53rd Battalion AIF. Age 35 of Merriwa, NSW.

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