- Alternative Names
- Central Bureau for Wounded, Missing and Prisoners of War (former name, c 1939 - 1960s)
- Enquiry and Tracing Bureau (former name, 1960s - 2004)
- Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau (former name, 1915 - c. 1939)
The International Tracing and Refugee Services department of the Australian Red Cross endeavours to locate, reunite and support families separated by war, conflict and disaster. As such, the department services one of the most longstanding activities of the International Red Cross Movement, that of restoring family links between victims of armed conflict. In Australia, an important predecessor of the department, The Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, was founded at the beginning of World War 1 by Australian Red Cross Commissioners Vera Deakin and Winifred Johnstone. The Bureau was established in 1915 to help trace wounded and missing men and provide information about them to their families.