Where Australians served during World War I

Australians engaged in military operations to assist the British Empire throughout the war. The first operation involved the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF).

Service men and women from Australia

Sailors, who mostly served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), worked on seas and oceans around the world during the war.

Soldiers and medical staff served in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), mostly on the Gallipoli peninsula, the Western Front and in the Middle East.

Airmen and ground crews in the Australian Flying Corps served in Egypt, the Middle East and Europe in Australian and British squadrons.

Some Australians also enlisted in the British armed forces, such as the Royal Navy and the British Army.

The first five recruits to leave Port Lincoln, South Australia, in 1914 for service in the Australian Imperial Force. AWM P05111.001

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Last updated: 9 January 2020

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2020), Where Australians served during World War I, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 20 October 2020, http://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/wars-and-missions/ww1/where-australians-served
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