Hubert Huchette, mayor of Fromelles
Hubert Huchette, Mayor of Fromelles
He did a lot for Australian people.
We can see on this picture, the Australians Memorial Park with the sculpture “Cobbers”.
As the fighting ceased at the Battle of Fromelles on 20 July 1916, hundreds of Australian wounded lay in no-man’s land between the lines. For these days and nights men ventured into this area, despite enemy fire, to bring in the wounded, often carrying them on their backs.
One soldier who was particularly active in rescuing the wounded was Sergeant Simon Fraser, 57th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, from Byaduk, Victoria. On one foggy morning, as he was out bringing in wounded, Fraser heard a distant call “Don’t forget me, cobbler”.
Fraser, and others, went back again into danger and brought this man and another wounded man safely in.
The courage and compassion which Australians showed at Fromelles in looking after their wounded comrades is commemorated in the sculpture “Cobbers” by Peter Corlett in the Australians Memorial Park. It depicts Sergeant Simon Fraser rescuing a wounded man of the 60th Battalion. This unit suffered greater loss than any other Australian unit at fromelles. When the battalion assembled for roll call only 106 men answered their names out of 887 who had gone into battle on 19 july 1916.