The Polygon Wood grave that reveals the toll World War I took on Australia


It’s a single grave, in a single row, in a cemetery where 2,108 men are buried.

It marks the death of a man that’s just as sad as any of the other lives lost at Polygon Wood, or indeed the First World War.

But Private Patrick Scullin’s story says so much about the shocking toll this war took on Australia.

His grave is marked.

His brother Daniel’s isn’t.

Best 2bThey both died on the same day, in the same battle.

The 26th of September 1917 at Polygon Wood.

Just months before, their other brother John had been killed in…

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