Battle of Messines, Belgium Strand Military Cemetery
Australian Commemorative Ceremony for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Messines. 7th June 2017.
The Battle of Messines was the first large-scale action involving Australian troops in Belgium and also marked the first entry of the 3rd Australian Division into a major battle. While the battle was seen as an important success for the British Army leading up to the beginning of the Third Battle of Ypres several weeks later, this battle saw Australia suffer over 6000 casualties.