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Australian Military Personnel Serving Abroad – Statistics

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.

New Zealand (Anglo-Maori)

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
Sudan

3 Mar 1885 – 8 May 1885, 770 men in the New South Wales (NSW) contingent. 9 deaths, 3 wounded.
South Africa (Boer War)

11 Oct 1899 – 1 Jun 1902, 16463 men in Colonial and Commonwealth contingents. 606 deaths, 538 wounded, 100 POW’s.

Boxer Rebellion

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.

First World War

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

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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

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Total All Ranks 214,360

Second World War

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

The British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) – Japan 1945 – 1952

From the book “The Forgotten Force” (Author) James Wood
ISBN 1 86448 701 1 – Published by ALLEN & UNWIN

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.

Korean War

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

Malayan Emergency

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

Indonesian Confrontation

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

Vietnam War

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

Peacekeeping

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 6 (all causes)

Wounded In Action

All Services No figures available

Total Battle Casualties including Deaths

All Services 6

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