African territories lost 10,000 men and nearly 100,000 porters; Australia lost 60,000; Canada a similar number; Ireland 35,000; New Zealand 20,000; South Africa 7,000, the West Indies over 1,000 out of a force of 15,000 and the Indian Army 74,194. In terms of the proportion of the forces in Europe and the Middle East , the Australian Imperial Force had the highest casualty rate (65%) of any force on the side of Britain and its allies.
Whilst loss of life can be computed in hundreds of thousands we must always remember every death meant the loss of a loved one somewhere. Families across the world lost loved ones: the James family in Dominica lost Tarbet in Egypt; the Khan family in Mirpur lost Khusal in France; the Patten family in South Australia lost Charles who was captured in Iraq and died in Turkey ; the Townsend family in Otago, New Zealand lost George in Syria; the Sadik family in Egypt lost Khalil in Greece; the Singh family in the Punjab lost Tahel in Tanzania and the Whitty family of Waterford lost Thomas at Gallipoli.
The details of the family of Yueh Chung of the Chinese Labour Corps who died along with nearly two thousand other members of the Corps in Belgium and France are not given on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website nor are the details of Elias Montomane from the South African Native Labour Corps who along with over 1300 other members died across several areas of conflict. Their loss and the loss of thousands of others who died without their family links being noted should be remembered.
Countless others were wounded or maimed. The overall figure for wounded from the British Empire alone has been given as 2,090,212 wounded, let alone those who suffered psychological scars. The Great War took a huge toll on humankind. Let us never forget.