Research has shown that there are many returned First World War veterans who, for a variety of reasons, have ended up in unmarked graves around this country. It is estimated, based on the work carried out so far that the number in Australia could be as high as 12,000.
A simple but time consuming record matching process is undertaken by volunteers around Australia to determine the names and locations of these men.
A simple headstone is then installed on the unmarked grave with a plaque worded by our teams, often in conjunction with family members. A smaller plinth may be installed on an existing grave where the veteran’s name does not appear on the memorial. We hand-make each headstone or plinth using designs created by us and work with councils and other local authorities to ensure our work complies with all local cemetery rules and regulations.
Where it can be determined that the veteran’s cause of death can be attributed to his war service, the case is then handed over to the Office of Australian War Graves.
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