Lasting memory: Robinvale commemorates French connection

ROBINVALE and the French town of Villers-Bretennoux are set to commemorate 100 years since the event that tied them to each other for life, with the opening of a war memorial park dedicated to the memory of those fallen.

The battle of Villers-Bretonneux, and the subsequent pushing back of German forces in 1918, has been described as a crucial turning point of World War I.

Robinvale’s founding family, Herbert and Margaret Cuttle, lost their son Lt. George “Robin” Cuttle in air combat over Caix, near the village of Villers-Bretonneux.

Following his death, the Cuttle family renamed the area, originally known as “Bumbang Peninsular” to “Robinvale” in memory of their son.

It was the death of Lt. Cuttle that first inspired the relationship between Robinvale and Villers-Bretonneux – a relationship that was further solidified in 1984 and 1985 with twin ceremonies held in both towns.

Now, 100 years on from the battle, Robinvale is commemorating the battle with the opening of the Robinvale-Euston War Memorial Park on Anzac Day eve.

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