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Tens of thousands of our war dead have no known grave.  

Some have graves but the identity of the occupant is described as "Known unto God".

People lost at sea, in flying and land operations were often lost without trace.

In the first World War in Gallipoli, many improvised graves were subsequently lost, while men who were wounded would be evacuated by ship, often to die of their wounds and be buried at sea.  On the Western Front, France, the graves of many who received a field burial were disturbed by subsequent shellfire or the markers were lost and the graves obliterated.  Some 18,000 Australians were listed as "Missing" in WW1 alone.

A desire to bring closure to the fate of these men lead to the creation of a Red Cross Bureau to investigate the circmstances of the loss of these men.  Inspired and led by the daughter of a former Prime Minister, named Vera Deakin, the AWM is the repository of copies of these files.

In South Australia, the State Library holds original copies of all correspondence to and from the relatives of the Missing of WW1.  They have been integrated with this site.

Periodically, the list is reduced.  Human remains disintered in France and Belgium are now routinely identified.  Aircraft lost in Europe are also periodically discovered and less frequently human remains are recovered and identified, largely thanks to DNA technology.

People with "No Known Grave"  are commemorated on a number of Memorials created specifically for this purpose.  Examples include:

 

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CHADWICK, Sydney William

Service number 6719
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Sep 1879

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POMERY, Frank Radford

Service number 714
Private
60th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Mar 1893

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GRAY, John

Service number 1343
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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STRATTON, Leslie

Service number 4528
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Jan 1893

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WILLIAMS, Reginald Wilfred

Service number 3120
Corporal
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 30 Mar 1892

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SAMPSON, Louis Nicholas

Service number 13497
Chief Petty Officer
HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
Royal Australian Navy
Born 30 Sep 1907

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HEMSLEY, George

Service number 2673A
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 Sep 1894

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LETHBRIDGE, Ernest Murray

Service number 2194
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 25 Apr 1886