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Proposed new Memorial Park at Pozières


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Gareth Davies

Thank you so very much for listing the article. It gives a more concise picture what previously were more or less speculations.

 

What I do not understand is that the co-founder was sentenced and the founder, I quote." Gracey, a former soldier, has not been charged with any offences."

As founder and board director he is responsible and accountable for the correct execution of "office".

Hopefully we can hear more in the future about his role and possible knowledge of the co-founder's actions.

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Bruce L

 The original intention of this project was to rebuild the school at Pozieres, but this was no doubt scrapped when preliminary costings came to hand. It was then downgraded to rebuilding a replica of the original windmill on land adjacent to the memorial site. I once saw a very amateurish, hand drawn plan of the proposed development which summed it up. Thankfully, that too didn't come to fruition either and so we have now ended up with this horrid, tacky "animal war memorial" on the actual battlefield. It looks as though it has been put together by local children with donations from a garden centre. This whole thing has stunk to high heaven from day one and has finally been revealed for what it is. I trust that nature and a lack of maintenance will assist in the demolition of this blot on the landscape and return the site to its original state. To top it off, Barry and Yvonne Gracey were both made recipients of the Legion D'Honneur for their efforts here at Pozieres.

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Bruce L
On 26/04/2021 at 18:17, egbert said:

Thank you so very much for listing the article. It gives a more concise picture what previously were more or less speculations.

 

What I do not understand is that the co-founder was sentenced and the founder, I quote." Gracey, a former soldier, has not been charged with any offences."

As founder and board director he is responsible and accountable for the correct execution of "office".

Hopefully we can hear more in the future about his role and possible knowledge of the co-founder's actions.

In reply to Egbert - many people have expressed similar sentiments as to why Barry Gracey was not charged given his major involvement. Wife Yvonne has already pleaded guilty to fraud and is awaiting sentencing later this month. I don't think she is in the best of health, so the plan may have been for her to take the entire whole rap - therefore not implicating the husband in any way. That done, she will probably cite ill health at her sentencing, hoping for a suspended sentence to be given. Just my thoughts. They've probably been given advice. Can't tell me he was oblivious to all this.

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3 hours ago, Marco said:

Can French Honour medals be cancelled? 

 

Highest French honours for Australian couple (sbs.com.au)

I just searched the legion website for that. It says if somebody is criminally prosecuted the medal can be revoked by decree. So yes it is possible. The next question though is how many Pozieres dignitaries are involved with the whole project/medal distinction and do not want to be ridiculed and rather like to see the dust settling fast.......

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Bruce L

Whilst the French Government was dishing out Legion D'Honneurs to the Graceys, the Australian Government responded in kind with the award of an Order of Australia to an ex local official. I'm Australian, and witnessed the presentation at the 2016 Centenary of Pozieres Memorial Service. The complete debacle that has followed has devalued these awards immensely. I'd have thought the vetting process for these awards would have been far more stringent as the Pozieres project was always questionable from the start.

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11 hours ago, Bruce L said:

Whilst the French Government was dishing out Legion D'Honneurs to the Graceys, the Australian Government responded in kind with the award of an Order of Australia to an ex local official. I'm Australian, and witnessed the presentation at the 2016 Centenary of Pozieres Memorial Service. The complete debacle that has followed has devalued these awards immensely. I'd have thought the vetting process for these awards would have been far more stringent as the Pozieres project was always questionable from the start.

 

Here is the recipient of the Australian award, mentioned on the official Australian Parliament website:

4714009.PDF

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Bruce L

At the end of the day, all that was ever achieved by the Graceys at Pozieres was the erection of a pile of inappropriate, cheap ornaments,  assembled by amateurs, in the form of a "animal war memorial". They managed to ingratiate themselves with a lot of people in authority in order to achieve tacit approval for their "project". Their former Member of Parliament in Australia even presented them with a "Federal Member's Award" for their great work. Their H.Q. in Pozieres was the Butterworth Farm B and B, then owned by the former mayor of Pozieres. Special smoker's accomodation was provided for the couple. Nearby Le Tommy cafe was also well patronised. No doubt there would have been a temptation to use donated funds to pay for accomodation, meals, booze and cigarettes during their extended stays at Pozieres. I assume these items would have been regarded as fair and reasonable travel expenses by this couple. Come 2016 and all there was to show for all this is some small white crosses in the form of the rising sun badge in the field adjacent to the official Windmill site. These were made by a men's charitable association in Australia, so were probably donated. In the same year, the Graceys then both receive France's highest honour the Legion D'Honneur - the first ever to a husband and wife - and the mayor of Pozieres gets the order of Australia! Fast forward to 2021, investigators find $94 in the memorial account and Mrs Gracey pleads guilty to several charges of fraud in the Coffs Harbour Magistrates Court, New South Wales. Due to be sentenced late May, this month. Watch this space.

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