The stained-glass windows of the Australian War Memorial are believed to embody the generic characteristics of fifteen members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) of the Great War. The artist—Napier Waller—wrote a description of the lights in 1950 in order to explain the complex symbolism located above the head of each figure, and this continues to be used in Memorial publications. However, in his windows, Waller concealed additional imagery, which remained hidden for six decades. Not only did he contextualise war within the Hall of Memory, but he also used significant people in his life as models for some of the figures. Waller’s windows add dimension to the AIF’s experiences abroad and connect the memory of the fallen to their county. They also expose a man of extraordinary talent who concealed his personal desire in open view of his patron and the public. By expressing sacrifice in a manner that subverted the Memorial’s prevailing ideologies and personally transcended that commonly associated with commemoration, Waller expressed a love he could not formally declare.