Percival Gilbert Barrow was one of the fortunate few. He survived Gallipoli, but he did not return home.
On September 24, 1914, 'Percy' enlisted to fight in the Great War.
He was 34 years old and sent to serve with the 6th Light Horse Regiment.
Over his military career, he formed part of the defence of the Suez Canal, pursued the Ottoman forces into the Sinai region, and was present at the Allied victory of Beersheba.
But on November 8, 1917, just a day after the fall of Gaza, Sergeant Barrow was killed at Jemmama, Palestine.
His final resting place some 12,600km from his home.
His sister, nurse Lucy Emma Barrow, returned to Junee, without him.
Lucy spent her life in servitude to the soldiers of the First World War.
Her work in Egypt, the Aegean, Macedonia and Turkey during the war was recognised with the reception of the Royal Red Cross Medal of Army Honour in both 1916 and 1918.
She was also granted the equivalent honours by her Greek counterparts.
Upon her return to Australia in 1920, she devoted herself to aiding the recovery of repatriated soldiers.
While Percy's address remained at his birthplace in South Australia, his sister hailed from "Bundaleer" in Junee.
In the century since the end of the First World War, the town has come to typify the family's belonging.
Percy and Lucy's niece, Helen Hillyer, remains a resident.
Now aged 96, Mrs Hillyer was born just four years after the war's conclusion. Its memory cast a long shadow over her childhood.
Her father, George Brabin, also fought in the war. Stationed in France, he returned wounds that would never heal.
"The guns turned him deaf, but he was one of the fortunate ones. He came home," Mrs Hillyer said.
So strong is her connection, Mrs Hillyer also married a war hero.
"My husband was in the airforce and served in World War II. He was one of the first in Wagga to enlist. Within the first three months of the war."
On Thursday, Mrs Hillyer will make the familiar trip into town, to stand beside the cenotaph and behold the names of those she held dear.
"I've attended most years. I know so many people who were involved in the war, and I want to pay respect to all of the many families in this town who have been [touched by] war."