Railway Employees at War
Great War graves at Australian War Memorial,
Today we remember a railway employee who volunteered for military service in the Great War and lost his life serving his country:
The Great War 1914-1918
WA railway employees serving in Australia's military forces
Before the War started, the WA Government Railways and Tramways employed a total of 7993 staff at 30 June 1914. Railwaymen responded as willingly as any other citizens, and over the next four years a total of 2184 men were given leave to enlist (not all who were willing, could be spared, as the railways needed to keep operating).
Second World War 1939-1945
Railway employees serving in Australia's military forces
Once again, many railway employees are believed to have enlisted with military forces.
WA railways' contribution
Those who remained, and the rail systems themselves, played a greater role in transport during the 1939-45 war, with the military's needs met by numerous special trains and in some cases by replacing or delaying ordinary traffic.
Post 1945 conflicts
It is believed that WA railway employees have again joined military forces during conflicts in Vietnam and other Asian operations.
Rail Heritage WA would always be grateful to receive information to add to or correct details recorded here.
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