The Nameless Names #2: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

In 1927, an elderly man visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris to commemorate his missing son. The man calmly stepped through the crowd and climbed the Arc De Triomphe’s spiral staircase. Atop the terrace, overlooking Paris, he let out a mournful cry and dived to his death.

The tormented father believed that his son was the Unknown Soldier entombed beneath the grand arches.

What circumstances lead to such dire actions? Scott Bennett’s book, The Nameless Names, explores this question, sensitively revealing the anguish experienced by Australian families of the missing.


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