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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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BARROW, Bruce Ernest

Service number 437109
Flying Officer
No. 106 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 24 Jun 1924

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JENNER, John Desmond

Service number 423132
Flight Sergeant
No. 251 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 22 Apr 1924

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MCKENZIE, Daniel Humphrey

Service number 2948
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Apr 1888

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GERRARD, Norman Clive

Service number 401502
Flight Lieutenant
No. 10 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 22 Dec 1917

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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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ISAACS, Gerald Henry

Service number 409550
Flight Sergeant
No. 103 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Air Force
Born 4 Oct 1921

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CRITTENDEN, Kenneth Alphonsus

Service number NX52579
Corporal
2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Mar 1916

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CHIBNALL, William Beresford

Service number VX39948
Private
2nd/21st Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 9 Dec 1912