False Hope of the Missing
In World War 1 the deadly power of machine weapons caught armies, soldiers and families unprepared.
An estimated sixteen million combatants and civilians were killed worldwide. In population terms that’s a number the size of a small country. It’s a fatality list two thirds the current population of Australia.
62,000 Australian soldiers died: this is a small number in comparison to the millions of dead Russians, Germans, Austro-Hungarians and French from the war; but it is a large number in comparison to the small Australian population at the time.
Perhaps as many as every second Australian family suffered a dead son, father, brother, cousin, nephew, uncle or friend.
The bodies of a third of the Australians killed were never recovered.