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Education Department's Record of War Service 1914-1918

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (306 pages)
Year: (1921) 2007
ISBN: 9781920978808
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

A wonderful and comprehensive record of hundreds of Victorians involved in the Great War 1914-18. Includes biographies and photos of those who served - those who were killed and those who returned.

The 306 page book is arranged as follows


  • Foreword
  • Summary
  • The Builders


  • The Men who Enlisted - gives the names and last school before they enlisted
  • The Men who Fell - short biographies - with photos of most
  • Inspectors, Teachers, and other Departmental Officers whose Sons or Brothers Died on Service - over 100 who died
  • The Men who Returned - short biographies - with photos of most
  • Honors and Decorations - list of those who received these
  • The Men who Volunteered and were Rejected - mostly on medical grounds
  • Memorials


  • Formation of the Education Department's War Relief Organization
  • The Supply of Comforts for Soldiers
  • How the Country Schools Helped
  • How the Town Schools Helped
  • League of Young Gardeners
  • Young Workers' Patriotic Guild
  • Helping the Hospitals at Home
  • War-savings Effort
  • Chronicle of the Activities of the Education Department's War Relief Organization
  • School Subscriptions
  • Statement of Receipts and Expenditure

Some information from the summary

  • Enlistments-—752. Of those who enlisted, 724 were teachers, two School Medical Officers, one was a School Nurse, and one an Inspector of Schools. The remaining 24 belonged to the Clerical Division of the Public Service, and were employed in the Education Department.
  • Those who Died.—146.
  • Honors and Decorations-—V .C, 1; C.B., 1 ; C.M.G., 1; D.S.O. and Bar, 1; D.S.O., 4; D.C.M., 4; M.C. and Bar, 3; M.C., 35; M.M. and Bar, 2; M.M., 35; Croix de Guerre, 2; Order of the British Empire, 4; Meritorious Service Medal, 5; Order of the Nile, 1; Serbian Order of the White Eagle, 1; Distinguished Flying Cross, 1. Total, 101.
  • Articles of Comfort Sent Abroad.—These numbered rather more than 400,000.
  • Supplies to Hospitals at Home-— Condiments and preserves, 50 tons; cake and biscuits, 18J tons; tea, cocoa, coffee, 91r tons; invalid foods, 23J tons; general groceries, 21^ tons; dairy produce, 21 tons; eggs, 65,000 dozen; fish, 5 tons; vegetables and fruit, 264 tons; tobacco, 189 lbs; cigarettes, 24,500 packets; poultry and game, 9,250 pairs; and sundries, 4 tons. A rough estimate in tons gives 460.
  • The Young Workers Patriotic Guild {including the League of Young Gardeners).—It comprised about 80,000 members, of whom 20,481 earned and gave to the War Relief Fund £1; 813, £5; 164, £10; 15, £15; 14, £20; 3, £30; 1, £60; and 1, £65. In all, the contributions amounted to about £50,000.
  • War-savings Effort in the Schools-—The sums invested amounted to £217,419.
  • Financial.—School subscriptions amounted to £422,470 15s. 8d.
  • Of the various means of obtaining money for the Fund, that known as Flower Day yielded nearly £127,000.
  • Accrued interest brought the amount to the credit of the War Relief Fund on the 8th of January, 1921, to £438,044 3s. 6d.

The whole text is searchable - names, places and any word in the text.

This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.

Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text

Click here to download a file of sample pages from this book
Right click on the link and select "save as" - to a location on your hard drive. The sampler can be opened, navigated and searched as with the full CD file/s.
Sample files usually contain the title page, contents, some introductory pages and sample pages from the body of the book. Often the complete index from the original book is included.

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