Education Department War Service 1914-1917

The Education Department War Service 1914-17 (1921) records are a wonderful and comprehensive record of hundreds of Victorians involved in the Great War 1914-18. It includes biographies and photos of those who served, those who were killed and those who returned.


  • Foreword
  • Summary
  • The Builders

Concerning Service Abroad

  • 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
  • Honours and decorations - list of those who received them
  • The men who volunteered and were rejected - mostly on medical grounds
  • Memorials

The Work of War Relief

  • Formation of the Education Department's War Relief Organisation
  • 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 Organisation
  • School subscriptions
  • Statement of receipts and expenditure

Some information from the summary

  • 752 Enlistments - 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
  • 146 people died
  • 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 - over 400,000
  • Supplies to hospitals at home - Approximately 460 tons including: condiments and preserves, 50 tons; cake and biscuits, 18 tons; tea, cocoa, coffee, 91 tons; invalid foods, 23 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. 
  • The Young Workers Patriotic Guild (including the League of Young Gardeners) comprised about 80,000 members, of whom 20,481 earned and gave to the War Relief Fund. 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 
  • 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 38,044