For Australia the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.
In general terms with Australian unit histories the quality of authorship is very good, most of them share the common strength of making plentiful mention of the individual officers and men who served, fought, died, was wounded, or taken prisoner, or who came safely home at the end of it all. They are a prime source for genealogists and military historians.
OLD SIXTEENTH Being a Record of the 16th Battalion A.I.F., During the Great War
The Bn was raised in September 1914 from volunteers in Western Australia and South Australia. It landed in Gallipoli on 25th April 1915 as part of the 4th Aust. Inf.Bde and took part in the desperate fighting around Sari Bair. Following the evacuation, it moved to the Western Front where three of its members gained the VC. The story of the Battalion is told with clarity and wry homour, each chapter having casualty statistics and details of awards.