The Missing


Jary Nemo | Australia | 00:11:21 | 2021

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 short documentary explores two unsung humanitarian responses to the crisis of the missing of World War 1 – the Australian 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.

Bart Ziino
Melanie Oppenheimer

Jary Nemo
Lucinda Horrocks

Lucinda Horrocks
Jary Nemo

Richard Chew

Executive Producer
Fred Cahir