Scott Bennett 2018


  Scott Bennett

  The Nameless Names
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Scott Bennett:The Nameless Names: Recovering the Missing Anzacs, cover image.

Scott Bennett 2018

‘On the Somme, on a quiet hill just outside Villers-Bretonneux, is the Australian National Memorial; its panels record 10,738 Australian soldiers missing in action over three years of fighting in that region. The Menin Gate records the 6,000 Australian soldiers missing in Belgium. In Turkey, the Lone Pine Memorial records the names of 4,900 Australian and New Zealand soldiers missing in the Gallipoli campaign…The Great War for Civilisation brutally erased them: dismembered by shellfire, buried without proper identification, shovelled into unmarked graves, or left to rot in no-man’s-land. They were consigned to a suspended state — no name, no body, no burial, no mourning — entombed in uncertainty.’

Scott Bennet’s new book explores how three Australian families learned to accept and live with their grief.

Australian troops march through the wrecked city of Ypres during the third battle of Ypres in September 1917. They march in the shadow of the shattered Cloth Hall, and will pass by the ruins of the Menin Gate on their journey to the front line. Many of these soldiers, subsequently killed in battle, still remain missing 100 years later. (Australian War Memorial)

Genre: History

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