The purpose of this page is to provide some statistics about Australia's involvement in the different conflicts around the world since 1860. What you see here is mostly taken from information supplied by the Australian War Memorial Research Center.
1860-1861 (Official Australian Involvement) Crew of HMVS Victoria, George Odgers in his book "Diggers" states that one sailor died during the conflict from an acidental gunshot wound (information courtesy of A Morgan).
1863-1869 approx 2,500 in N.Z. Waikato Regiments, KIA - 1st Waikato 27, 2nd Waikato 2, 3rd Waikato 1, 4th Waikato 1, (figures courtesy of Lt Herb Ricketts RL).
Sources: No 1 Waikato, NZ Gazette No 31 of May 1871. No 2 Waikato, NZ Gazette No 31 of May 1871. No 3 Waikato, NZ Gazette No 63 of 1869 and No 31 of 31 May 1871. No 4 Waikato, NZ Gazette No 63 of 1869.
Lt Herb Ricketts has their names and also many Militia names, also see Len BARTONS book, Australians in the Waikato War 1863/64
3 Mar 1885 - 8 May 1885, 770 men in the New South Wales (NSW) contingent. 9 deaths, 3 wounded.
11 Oct 1899 - 1 Jun 1902, 16463 men in Colonial and Commonwealth contingents. 606 deaths, 538 wounded, 100 POW's.
6 Aug 1900 - 25 Apr 1901, 560 men in the NSW, South Australia (SA) and Victoria (Vic) Colonial Naval contingents. 6 deaths, accurate wounded figures are not available.
4 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918
416,809 Personnel enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (including the Australian Flying Corps)
331,781 of these people served overseas. (RAN figures are not available)
The following publication is the source of the statistics quoted here.
Statistics of the Military Effort of the British Empire During the Great War, 1914 - 1920, London, The War Office. ISBN 0 948130 14 8 Pages 759 - 770 refer to the Australian Involvement in this War. EMBARKATION OF AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE FROM AUSTRALIA BY ARMS Unit Total Strength Infantry 210,981 Machine Guns 4,476 Tunnellers 3,970 Artillery 23,387 Australian Army Medical Corps 12,945 Australian Army Service Corps 9,735 Engineers 9,950 Light Horse 30,365 Veterinary 378 Australian Flying Corps 2,275 Wireless 434 Cyclists 570 Trench Mortars 1,218 Chaplains 386 Transport Officers 531 Australian Army Nursing Service 2,054 General Reinforcements 15,071 Miscellanious ARMS returned to Australia 2,555 ------- Total Forces Overseas all theatres of War 331,781 TOTAL CASUALTIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE Killed in Action Died of Wounds Officers 1,907 Officers 679 Other Ranks 37,832 Other Ranks 12,661 Died of Disease Died of Gas Poisoning Officers 128 Officers 17 Other Ranks 3,791 Other Ranks 308 Died of Other Causes Total Deaths Officers 95 Officers 2,826 Other Ranks 714 Other Ranks 55,306 --- Casualties that Survived Wounded In Action Gassed Officers 5,721 Officers 583 Other Ranks 129,963 Other Ranks 15,904 Prisoners Of War Officers 170 Other Ranks 3,887 --- Total Battle Casualties including Deaths Officers 9,300 Other Ranks 205,060 ------- Total All Ranks 214,360
3 Sep 1939 - VE Day on 8 May 1945 and VJ Day on 15 Aug 1945 Number of People Enlisted or Engaged Australian Military Forces (AMF) (AIF and Militia) Men 691,400 Women 35,800 Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Men 45,800 Women 3,100 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Men 189,700 Women 27,200 TOTAL CASUALTIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES Deaths AMF 26,097 RAN 2,208 RAAF 11,061 Total 39,366 Wounded In Action All Services 66,553 Prisoners Of War By Germany 8,184 - 265 died while captive By Japan 22,376 - 8,031 died while captive Total Battle Casualties including Deaths All Services 136,479
My thanks to Halton Stewart for providing this information.
12.000 men & women served in this force. (does not include Ships) 34th Brigade 65th, 66th and 67th Infantry Battalions (Approx 900 strong each) 1st Australian Armoured Cars A Battery Royal Australian Artillery 13th R A Engineers 20th Field Ambulance 130th A G Hospital 10th Bomb Disposal 122nd Transport Platoon Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 81st Wing 76th, 77th and 82nd Fighter Squadron Royal Australian Navy (RAN) HMAS Ballarat HMAS Bataan HMAS Cessnock HMAS Hobart HMAS Ipswich HMAS Napier HMAS Nizam HMAS Warramunga HMAS Shropshire Information supplied by Neville Lindsay HQ BCOF (Australia was the lead partner, and commanded and supported the UK-Indian Division and NZ Brigade as well as 34 Bde) Add for AASC: HQ CAASC BCOF HQ 168 GT Coy 119 Transport Platoon 120 Transport Platoon 121 Transport Platoon 122 Transport Platoon Det 6 MAC 168 Workshop Platoon HQ 169 GT Coy 123 Transport Platoon 124 Transport Platoon 169 Workshop Platoon HQ 41 ASD 252 Sup Dep Pl 253 Sup Dep Pl 254 Sup Dep Pl 256 Sup Dep Pl 257 Sup Dep Pl 258 Sup Dep Pl 47 Fd Bky 20 Fd Bchy Pl 6 Refrig Op Pl 78 BIPOD Pl 8 Port Det The are other units - RAAOC depot RAE (Transportation) RAEME workshops RA Sigs Canteens Amenities
This was indeed a large force, and uniquely, one where Australia was the lead partner, supporting the other Commonwealth countries.
29 Jun 1950 - 27 Jul 1953 Number of People who served overseas ARMY 10,657 RAN 4,507 RAAF 2,000 (approx) Total 17,164 TOTAL CASUALTIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES Deaths All Services 339 (All causes) Wounded In Action All Services 1,216 Prisoners Of War By North Korean 29 - 1 died while captive Total Battle Casualties including Deaths All Services 1,584
31 May 1950 - 31 Jul 1960 Number of People who served overseas ARMY 7,000 RAN No figures available RAAF No figures available TOTAL CASUALTIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES Deaths All Services 36 (All causes) Wounded In Action All Services 20 Total Battle Casualties including Deaths All Services 56
10 Oct 1963 - 1 Oct 1966 Number of People who served overseas ARMY 3,500 RAN No figures available RAAF No figures available TOTAL CASUALTIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES Deaths All Services 15 (All causes) Wounded In Action All Services 9 Total Battle Casualties including Deaths All Services 24
3 Aug 1962 - 23 Dec 1973 Number of People who served overseas ARMY 42,700 RAN 2,858 RAAF 4,443 TOTAL CASUALTIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES Deaths All Services 520 (includes 4 missing, all causes) Wounded In Action All Services 2,398 Total Battle Casualties including Deaths All Services 2,918
There is very little information about Peacekeeping activities or the statistics that I would provide here. This is what is currently available as at Oct 1993.
Number of People who served overseas ARMY No figures available RAN No figures available RAAF No figures available TOTAL CASUALTIES OF THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES Deaths All Services 4 (all causes) Wounded In Action All Services No figures available Total Battle Casualties including Deaths All Services 4
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