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Australian Munitions Workers

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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Worker William Blower

Worker William Blower

unknown – 26 Jul 1917

Ramsgate, Thanet District, Kent, England

No grave photo

Robert Thomson Brown

unknown – 20 Mar 1919

Inveresk, East Lothian, Scotland

Worker John Calderwood

Worker John Calderwood

unknown – 29 Oct 1918

Plymouth, Plymouth Unitary Authority, Devon, England

F J Chamberlain

unknown – 1918

Sherwood, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia

 Matthew Clayson

Matthew Clayson

unknown – 1 Dec 1916

Chester, Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England

 Arthur Cooper

Arthur Cooper

unknown – 4 Mar 1919

Warrington, Warrington Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England

 Christopher Ridler Hale

Christopher Ridler Hale

1868 – 6 Apr 1918

Hoylake, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England

 John Henry Harrison

John Henry Harrison

12 May 1857 – 19 Apr 1918

Thorne, Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England

Worker Henry Charles Hedger

Worker Henry Charles Hedger

unknown – 12 Jul 1918

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Metropolitan Borough of Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England

Worker John E Langworthy

Worker John E Langworthy

unknown – 30 Jul 1918

Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

 Henry Mann

Henry Mann

unknown – 26 Nov 1918

Wallsend, Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England

Worker James Martin

Worker James Martin

unknown – 16 Nov 1918

Andover, Test Valley Borough, Hampshire, England

 David F McLaren

David F McLaren

unknown – 23 Oct 1918

Southampton, Southampton Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England

 James Poulter

James Poulter

unknown – 18 Jan 1919

Stockton-on-Tees, Stockton-on-Tees Unitary Authority, County Durham, England

Pvt Arthur Edward Richardson

Pvt Arthur Edward Richardson

unknown – 30 Jul 1919

Garstang, Wyre Borough, Lancashire, England

 J T Rooysey

J T Rooysey

unknown – 8 Nov 1918

Southampton, Southampton Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England

 Robert “Ross” Roseman

Robert “Ross” Roseman

1853 – 25 Nov 1918

Richmond, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England

No grave photo

Joseph Thomas Royal

unknown – 9 Aug 1917

Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

 Henry Valantine Ryan

Henry Valantine Ryan

unknown – 6 Nov 1918

Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

 Albert EDWARD Shepherd

Albert EDWARD Shepherd

1880 – 6 Dec 1918

West Kirby, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England

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