The war poet Siegfried Sassoon referred to the Missing of the First World War as ‘nameless names’. Who were the Missing, what was their fate, how were they commemorated, and is it a story lost in the past, or still part of the Great War battlefields today?
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Named burials in identified graves in cemeteries – 317,770
No known grave commemorations (named on memorials) – 213,077
Unidentified dead buried in cemeteries – 105,351
Men remaining missing – 107,726
Named burials in identified graves in cemeteries – 92,288
No known grave commemorations (named on memorials) – 102,424
Unidentified dead buried in cemeteries – 46,791
Men remaining missing – 55,633
Total Missing in Belgium and France as of 1937: 163,359
Source: The Immortal Heritage by Fabian Ware (Cambridge 1937)