During the Great War, Britain called on its dominions and colonies, which provided invaluable military, financial and material support. The armies of the Dominions provided over 2.5 million men as well as many thousands of volunteers from the Crown colonies.
The largest number of men came from the Indian sub continent, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) began forming on 15 August 1914 and remained a volunteer force for the entire war. Throughout the four years of conflict, 331,814 volunteers from Australia were sent overseas with 63 VCs awarded; nine of these were given for the Gallipoli Campaign. Eleven members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF)were awarded the Victoria Cross. The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF)saw over 600,000 enlistments throughout its four-year history with 71 VCs awarded. At the outbreak of the hostilities, Newfoundland was a separate dominion and 2 soldiers from Newfoundland were awarded the Victoria Cross.
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(*) DENOTES THE VICTORIA CROSS WAS AWARDED POSTHUMOUSLY