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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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ROSE, Reuben Charles

Service number 560
Lance Corporal
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Sep 1895

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SOMMERVILLE, James Herbert

Service number 19867
Gunner
8th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 9 Jun 1893

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CHELLEW, Bertram Ernest

Service number 2272
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Mar 1891

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JONES, James Henry

Service number 1377
Private
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Mar 1888

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GLOVER, Charles Maul

Service number 659
Sergeant
51st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Aug 1886

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BLAND (POTTER), Francis Joseph

Service number 1736
Private
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 Nov 1894

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OXER, Arthur Lucas

Service number 1333A
Private
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Aug 1894

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ALCORN, James Alexander

Service number 407886
Sergeant
27 Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 2 Dec 1915

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