Australian World War I sites
On February 19, 2015

Australians on the Western Front 1914- 1918. Some 295,000 Australians served on the western front. Over 46,000 died there and 134,000 were wounded or captured. Discover the Australian World War 1 sites in the North of France.


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From 1914 to 1918, some 295,000 Australians served on the western front. Discover the Australian World War 1 sites in the North of France. Over 46,000 died there and 134,000 were wounded or captured. As with all armies, there was a constant turnover of personnel owing to death, wounds and illness. This can be seen in the numbers who served in a typical Australian Western Front infantry battalion. The 42nd, from Queensland, left England for the front 1027 strong in November 1916. In two years fighting 2954 men served in the battalion, of whom 544 were killed in battle, or died of wounds or sickness. An additional 1450 were wounded, 320 of them more than once—13 men were wounded four times. Two 42nd Battalion men were captured by the enemy. Like all Australian infantry battalions normal strength of 1000 was impossible to maintain as the war went on. When the 42nd attacked the Hindenburg Line in late September 1918 it had less than 300 men.