Learning Curve, The Great War
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Extracts from a government report called 'The British Empire's Contribution To The Great War', 1919
(Catalogue ref: WO 394/20 p.764)

THE BRITISH SHARE IN VICTORY.*

Pride of place, so far as man-power is concerned, belongs to France, though the actual figures of the strength of her Armies are not available for comparison. Great Britain, who between 4th August, 1914, and 11th November, 1918, passed more than 6,000,000 men through the ranks of her Armies, occupies the second place in respect of the contingents contributed for military service. The third largest contribution was made by the United States, who sent close on 2,000,000 men to fight in France. ……

(1.) TOTAL of British Troops.

British Isles

5,704,416

Canada

640,886   628,964

Australia

416,809   412,953

New Zealand

220,099   128,525

South Africa

136,070

India

1,401,350   1,440,437

Other Colonies†

134,837

Total

8,654,467   8,586,202



(2.) TOTAL CASUALTIES.

 

Approximate killed, died of wounds, died.

Approximate missing and prisoners.

Wounded.

British Isles

662,083

140,312

1,644,786

Canada

56,119

306

149,733

Australia

58,460

164

152,100

New Zealand

16,132

5

40,749

South Africa

6,928

33

11,444

India

47,746

871

65,126

Other Coloniess

3,649

366

3,504

Total

851,117

142,057

2,067,442

……

* As supplied to and published in The Times, 2nd January, 1920.
† Includes coloured troops recruited from South Africa, West Indies, &c.
‡ Prisoners repatriated not shown. Men now known to be killed shown under heading of "killed".
s Includes coloured troops from South Africa, &c., but excludes 44,262 African native followers, i.e. died and killed, 42,318; wounded, 1,322; missing, 622. The deaths were due mainly to epidemics.

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