The Missing... was assessed. After inquiry most missing soldiers were pronounced killed in action. Families could wait months or years for the official inquest results. Many sought answers about the final hours and location of their loved ones. This desperate need...News of efforts by the British Red Cross Society to trace missing soldiers in France motivated Vera to do similar work in Egypt. Vera cabled to her relative Norman Brookes, former Wimbledon tennis champion, who was a Red Cross commissioner in Cairo ...
When WW1 brought Australians face to face with mass death, a Red Cross Information Bureau and post-war graves workers laboured to help families grieve for the missing.
The unprecedented death toll of the First World War generated a burden of grief. Particularly disturbing was the vast number of dead who were “missing” - their bodies never found.
This film and series of photo essays explores two unsung humanitarian responses to the crisis of the missing of World War 1 – the Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau and the post-war work of the Australian Graves Detachment and Graves Services. It tells of a remarkable group of men and women, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, who laboured to provide comfort and connection to grieving families in distant Australia.