But 12,000 are forgotten, in graves unmarked.
417,000 Aussie volunteers served in World War 1.
They deserve to be remembered.
Of those who came back, many lie in war graves.
THIS IS OUR CHALLENGE
Some simply had no nearby relatives to bury them — perhaps because they were too far away.
Their family may not have realised that to be buried in a war grave they would have to apply for one. Many widows, in heart-rending circumstances, were preoccupied with clothing and feeding their children.
Whatever the reason, we are dedicated to finding these veterans' resting places. When we find them, we commemorate them with a simple pedestal headstone and a bronze plaque that attests their service.
We are South Australians who research, discover and commemorate WW1 veterans in unmarked graves, their service forgotten.
Most people can't believe that thousands of veterans who returned to Australia lie in unmarked graves with nothing to attest their service.
Why were they overlooked? The post-war years were hard times. The health of many soldiers was ruined, physically and mentally, often leading to alcoholism and family estrangement.
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