Australian War Graves Workers and World War One

Devoted Labour for the Lost, the Unknown but not Forgotten Dead

  • Fred Cahir
  • Sara Weuffen
  • Matt Smith
  • Peter Bakker
  • Jo Caminiti

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About this book


This book relays the largely untold story of the approximately 1,100 Australian war graves workers whose job it was to locate, identify exhume and rebury the thousands of Australian soldiers who died in Europe during the First World War. It tells the story of the men of the Australian Graves Detachment and the Australian Graves Service who worked in the period 1919 to 1922 to ensure that grieving families in Australia had a physical grave which they could mourn the loss of their loved ones. By presenting biographical vignettes of eight men who undertook this work, the book examines the mechanics of the commemoration of the Great War and extends our understanding of the individual toll this onerous task took on the workers themselves.


Narratives of Australian War Graves Workers Representatives of Bereavement in Australia. Mechanics of the Commemoration and World War One Tending to War Dead in Australia Battlefield Cemeteries after World War One

Authors and affiliations

  • Fred Cahir
    • 1
  • Sara Weuffen
    • 2
  • Matt Smith
    • 3
  • Peter Bakker
    • 4
  • Jo Caminiti
    • 5
  1. 1.Federation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia
  2. 2.Federation UniversityBallaratAustralia
  3. 3.Queensland Education DepartmentBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Bayside Christian CollegeLangwarrinAustralia
  5. 5.CowwarrAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
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  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-0848-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-0849-3
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