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Australian Munitions Workers
A Virtual Cemetery created by: geoffrey gillon
Description: The British Government requested skilled workers for munitions work from the Dominions and Colonies to make up the shortages caused by military service in Britain.Australian War Memorial's Research Centre does not hold files relating to munitions workers and other skilled workers sent to the United Kingdom during the First World War. The National Archives of Australia has the service records for these men in the series MT1139/1 which consists of personnel dossiers for men enlisted under a joint Australian Commonwealth - Imperial Government scheme for providing skilled Australian workers to British war industries during the First World War. Under this scheme the volunteers would receive free passage to Great Britain, an allowance for travel time, a special allowance for the duration of service, and eventual repatriation to Australia. Married men also received a separation allowance, but were required to allot a portion of all their earnings to dependants. The men were expected to work in whatever industries they were directed to by the British Board of Trade, and under the prevailing conditions and wages for the duration of hostilities.Government newspaper adverts appeared in August 1916, and the first party of 76 workers departed Australia in September. Groups continued to be recruited and sent at intervals, with the eventual number of workers under the scheme totalling just over 5,000. Almost 1,000 of these had already been working in Britain under private agreements with large firms such as Vickers, and were brought under the conditions of the scheme. An additional 200 former AIF soldiers were also recruited in Britain. Initially only skilled workers were sought, however at the request of the British Government later groups included large numbers of navvies for general labouring.These men were not members of the Australian Imperial Forces and did not serve in combat units, but were recruited to meet the shortfall in skilled labour that threatened many of Britain's key wartime industries including munitions.
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Blower, Worker William 57638231
b. unknown d. Jul. 26, 1917
Ramsgate Cemetery
Ramsgate
Thanet District
Kent
England
Brown, Robert Thomson 114359322
b. unknown d. Mar. 20, 1919
Saint Michael's Churchyar...
Inveresk
East Lothian
Scotland
Calderwood, Worker John 59983111
b. unknown d. Oct. 29, 1918
Efford Cemetery and Crema...
Plymouth
Plymouth Unitary Authority
Devon
England
Chamberlain, F J 49857885
b. unknown d. 1918
Saint Matthews Anglican C...
Queensland
Australia
Clayson, Matthew 113881235
b. unknown d. Dec. 1, 1916
Overleigh Cemetery
Chester
Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority
Cheshire
England
Cooper, Arthur 114783995
b. unknown d. Mar. 4, 1919
Warrington Cemetery
Warrington
Warrington Unitary Authority
Cheshire
England
Hale, Christopher Ridler 114354032
b. unknown d. Apr. 6, 1918
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Hoylake
Metropolitan Borough of Wirral
Merseyside
England
Harrison, John Henry 114741693
b. May 12, 1857 d. Apr. 19, 1918
St Nicholas Church
Thorne
Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster
South Yorkshire
England
Hedger, Worker Henry Charles 59536500
b. unknown d. Jul. 12, 1918
Elswick Cemetery
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Metropolitan Borough of Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
England
Langworthy, Worker John E 33123006
b. unknown d. Jul. 30, 1918
Cambridge Mill Road Cemet...
Cambridge
City of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
England
Mann, Henry 114782971
b. unknown d. Nov. 26, 1918
Church Bank Cemetery
Wallsend
Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside
Tyne and Wear
England
Martin, Worker James 59085681
b. unknown d. Nov. 16, 1918
Andover Cemetery
Andover
Test Valley Borough
Hampshire
England
McLaren, David F 114602815
b. unknown d. Oct. 23, 1918
Hollybrook Cemetery
Shirley
Southampton Unitary Authority
Hampshire
England
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Poulter, James 114783545
b. unknown d. Jan. 18, 1919
Oxbridge Lane Cemetery
Stockton-on-Tees
Stockton-on-Tees Unitary Authority
County Durham
England
Richardson, Pvt Arthur Edward 107767777
b. unknown d. Jul. 30, 1919
Garstang, St Thomas churc...
Garstang
Wyre Borough
Lancashire
England
Rooysey, J T 114780165
b. unknown d. Nov. 8, 1918
Hollybrook Cemetery
Shirley
Southampton Unitary Authority
Hampshire
England
Roseman, Robert "Ross" 40022459
b. 1853 d. Nov. 25, 1918
North Sheen Cemetery
Richmond
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Greater London
England
Royal, J 102103069
b. unknown d. Aug. 9, 1917
Gretna Cemetery
Gretna Green
Dumfries and Galloway
Scotland
Ryan, Henry Valantine 106376589
b. unknown d. Nov. 6, 1918
Burngreave Cemetery
Sheffield
Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield
South Yorkshire
England
Shepherd, Albert EDWARD 114355712
b. unknown d. Dec. 6, 1918
St Bridget Churchyard
West Kirby
Metropolitan Borough of Wirral
Merseyside
England
Thomas, William A 114354901
b. unknown d. Nov. 6, 1917
Cathays Cemetery
Cathays
Cardiff
Wales
Thomson, Worker William James 59983456
b. unknown d. Mar. 14, 1917
Efford Cemetery and Crema...
Plymouth
Plymouth Unitary Authority
Devon
England
Webley, Worker James 59586364
b. unknown d. Aug. 5, 1917
Bromsgrove Cemetery
Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove District
Worcestershire
England
West, Arthur Sidney "Jock" 29359024
b. Jun. 26, 1889 d. Nov. 8, 1917
Watling Street Cemetery
Dartford
Dartford Borough
Kent
England
Williams, Worker Ernest C 59975981
b. unknown d. Jul. 26, 1918
Hitchin Cemetery
Hitchin
North Hertfordshire District
Hertfordshire
England
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