Missing in action : Australia's World War I Grave Services, an astonishing story of misconduct, fraud and hoaxing / Marianne Van Velzen.

Collection type Library
Author Velzen, Marianne van, author.;
Call Number 940.46544 V446m
Document type Monograph
Year 2018. 2018.
Pagination xx, 267 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm.
Publisher Allen & Unwin,
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-257) and index. At the end of World War I 45,000 Australians had died on the Western Front. Some bodies had been hastily buried mid-battle in massed graves; others were mutilated beyond recognition. In many cases, next of kin had been informed of the death of their loved ones, but often men were listed as 'Missing in Action', because nobody knew for sure. Lieutenant Robert Burns was one of the many Australian soldiers who were listed as missing. Now that the guns had fallen silent, his father, a former AIF Colonel, wante d to know what had happened to his son. He wasn't the only one looking for answers. A loud clamour arose from Australia for information and the need for the dead to be buried respectfully. A number of men put in charge of this exercise however, were deepl y flawed, with their own personal reasons for preferring to remain in France unearthing bodies. In the end there was a great scandal with allegations of body hoaxing & gross misappropriation of money and army possessions. There were two highly secretive i nquiries. This is the untold story of those dark days and darker deeds. It is also the compelling story of the search for a son's remains.
Place made Crows Nest, NSW :

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