No known grave - "Known Unto God"

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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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Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

TEMPLE, Gordon Yates

Service number 5364
Pilot Officer
No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 23 Mar 1919

SHEPHERD, Alfred Seymour

Service number OFFICER
Second Lieutenant
Royal Flying Corps
British Forces (All Conflicts)
Born 13 Apr 1893

MACKENZIE, Robert Henry

Service number 2631
Private
60th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1896

STENZEL, George

Service number 919A
Private
8th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 1893

WILKINS, Edward Bennison

Service number 396
Sergeant
39th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Dec 1881

READ, Edgar Robertson

Service number 5449
Private
14th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

DOUBLEDAY, Jack Lindsay

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
Born 28 May 1890

PARKINSON, Desmond Stanley

Service number QX13579
Sergeant
Born 30 Oct 1910

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