When Anita Shooks heard about plans to install 62,000 handcrafted poppies in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial, to mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.
She decided to make a special poppy in memory of her grandmother’s brother, Private George William Henry Hurst, who was killed in action at Messines on 7 June 1917 and has no known grave.
“This is the closest we will come to putting a flower on his grave,” Anita said. “He, and two of his brothers, went away to war, and Tom and Victor came back very badly injured. But George basically disappeared, and they couldn’t get any real answers from the government at the time about where he was or what had happened.”