Likely few people had heard of Private Tom Whyte, a strapping digger whose pre-enlistment passion for rowing surely saw him at the oars of one of the first boats to deliver soldiers ashore at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli at dawn on April 25, 1915.
He probably never set foot on Turkish soil, for as the boat pulled up to the shingle, he was struck by a Turkish bullet, dying that night aboard a hospital ship. He was 29.
Whyte was mourned by his family and his fiancee Eileen Champion, to whom he had penned a heartfelt letter to be delivered in event of his death.
"You can't imagine how it hurts to write this letter. The one thing I can't bear to think of is the possibility of not being able to see you, to marry you to live the happiest of lives with you."
But he was one of more than 8,000 Australians to die at Gallipoli and one of more than 60,000 to die in the Great War.
Whyte T.A.W. of the 10th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, might have remained just one of the 102,815 names in brass letters on the Australian War Memorial roll of honour.
But on April 25, 2014 - 99 years after he died - his all-too-brief life and early death were recounted to a modern audience at the War Memorial's Anzac Day Last Post ceremony.
Almost every afternoon since the first such ceremony on April 17, 2013, a serving member of the Australian Defence Force has stood in the war memorial commemorative area and told the story of one of those who died in service.
The inaugural ceremony told of Private Robert Poate, killed just under eight months earlier in Afghanistan. His story was read by Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran.
Since that day, there have been more than 2,000 ceremonies; with no more wars, it will be a couple of centuries before all names are read.
AWM researcher Emma Campbell, author of a new book on the Last Post Ceremony - titled The Last Post - A ceremony of love, loss and remembrance at the Australian War Memorial - said bugles, horns and drums had been used since Roman times to command in battle and regulate camp life.
The Last Post played on a bugle was used to signal the end of the day's activities in the British Army and was incorporated into military funerals in the 1850s, indicating the duty of the dead was over. It has been a regular feature in Australian commemorations since WWI.
The Last Post Ceremony was really the creation of war memorial director Dr Brendan Nelson, former ambassador to the European Union, who regularly attended the nightly Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium.
The Menin Gate features the names of 56,000 names - including 6,000 Australians - with no known grave from the fighting in Flanders in 1917.
"Gazing up at the thousands of names inscribed onto this magnificent memorial to the missing, I longed to be told something about just one of them," he wrote in the foreword to the book.
Arriving at the AWM in 2012, he thought: "We can do this and we will."
"Our comfortable lives breed easy indifference to individual sacrifices made out of devotion to duty, in our name and to our country. Without care, the past can become a distant stranger."
Each ceremony tells the story of one individual. Even on cold, dark Canberra winter afternoons, several hundred can be in attendance.
"Right from day one it resonated enormously with the public," Campbell said.
"It connects with everyone. Once you tell a personal story, people can find something to relate to, sympathise or empathise with, and understand better."
Many of the stories told each week were specifically requested by family members and there's now a two-year waiting list. Other stories tie in with significant anniversaries.
So how do Memorial researchers uncover the details of a life lived a century ago?
"We use everything possible we can get our hands on," she said.
The National Archives of Australia possesses historical service records while the AWM has many private letters and diaries as well as official records.
Through Trove, the National Library of Australia digitised newspaper archive, researchers can find obituaries, family notices and even sports and other stories, which add the human detail.
Campbell said these stories have been told every afternoon, with the exception of just two days.
The War Memorial is closed on Christmas Day. And no individual story is recounted on Remembrance Day.
"That is the day we put aside to deliver the eulogy to the unknown soldier," she said. "He represents everyone."