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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 recocvered 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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LUCK, William Frederick

Service number SX5449
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 9 Sep 1919

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GOLDNEY, Murray Rufus

Service number 417634
Flight Sergeant
No. 547 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 22 Apr 1920

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HARROWFIELD, Norman Andrew

Service number 1740
8th Infantry Battalion
Born 8 May 1889

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JOHNSON, Michael Joseph

Service number 5598
27th Infantry Battalion
Born 1 Mar 1895

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PEARCE, James Andrew

Service number 27195
No. 10 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 29 Aug 1917

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LATHAM, Frederick George

Service number 23951
Able Seaman
HMAS Hobart
Royal Australian Navy
Born 22 Feb 1922

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MEAKER, Arthur Reginald

Service number 416275
Flying Officer
No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 18 Apr 1910

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READ, Graham Sydney

Service number 417118
Flight Sergeant
No. 405 Squadron (RCAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 20 Jul 1917