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 often time consuming process of record matching is carried out to determine the names and locations of these men.
Either a simple headstone is installed on an unmarked grave or a plinth on an existing grave where the veteran’s name does not appear on the memorial is then carried out. 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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