Australia in World War One
This site is a tribute to the men who sacrificed their
lives for their country in World War One.
There is no glory in War only pain and suffering. The pain of loss lingers
long after the event. Approaching 100 years since this catastrophic war which
achieved little, and after the last veteran of that war in Australia has died
we should remember the generation of men who gave their lives to build a
better world. Maybe we can help ensure that they did not die in vain - lest we
' Australia Will Be There'
round the banner of your country,
field with brothers o'er the foam
or sea, wherever you be,
your eye on Germany.
England home and beauty
cause to fear
old acquaintance be forgot
No-no-no, no, no, Australia will be there!
Australia will be there !'
Australia was a country of only 5 million people in 1914
and yet with a purely voluntary army Australia lost 66,000 men killed and
230,000 wounded. This is a higher percentage of casualties relative to
population than any other country in the war. The result was devastating to
the demographics and economy of Australia. A young country depleted of its
younger generations. Within 20 years the devastation was to be repeated in the
Second World War...though thankfully to a lesser degree...although 33,000 also
died in that war.
How many lives shattered is 66,000 dead? Well discounting
the Mothers, Fathers, wives and children who lost their dearly loved husband,
father or son 66,000 dead is too many people to show clearly on a web page.
Taking the picture of 16Bn soldiers
parading above, there are aprox 100 men in the front ranks.......extrapolating
that to 60,000 men gives the picture below....
Click on the picture to see how many men that
Imagine how many city
streets this column of dead would stretch. What would those men in the picture
at top have thought had they realised that the ranks of dead would dwarf their
parade? How much would the crowd have been cheering then? Unimaginable.
Of course to really test your power of
imagination....multiply that picture by 330 to picture the 20,000,000 dead of
the First World War. Or try a 1000 times for the dead of the Second World War.