18. Soldiers Age at Enlistment for World War I 1914-1918


This graph depicts 100 servicemen & women who enlisted to the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) during the period of 1914-1918. The graph shows a trend that most individuals enlisted between the ages of 18 and 25. Legal requirements at the time of World War I determined that the youngest age for legal enlistment was 18. This is consistent with the results from my research. The most common age of enlistment during the period is 21, which is consistent with New South Wales law at the time. During the period of 1914-1918 the legal age for drinking & voting was 21. This age was therefore considered the legal age of adulthood; resulting in the above trend.



100 servicemen & 
women were 
documented in this 
study. Of the 100 
enlistees, 29 were 
killed during the 
course of their 
service in World War I. 
Of these 29, 9 have 
no known grave, one 
was burried at sea & 
5 were killed during 
the Gallipoli 
campaign. These 5 
ANZAC's are 
commemorated in 
memorials at Gallipoli.