Most of the following data pertains to the 73 raiders unless otherwise stated. If these soldiers can be regarded as a representative sample some interesting extrapolations can be made.


Age:
The average age of the raiders was 24.9 years.
The youngest raider, Roy Douglas Henderson who claimed to be 18yr 3mo., but was probably only 17yr 6m., when he enlisted. He was killed at Pozieres 7 weeks after the raid, just 18yr 8mo old.
The oldest was Duncan Dan McLeod, 40.  He was killed in no man’s land returning from the raid.


Awards:
Awards were made to 21 Black Anzacs during WW1 (nine of these men had multiple awards). Four of these awards were earned during the June 6/7 trench raid. Only 3 of these 17 men did not survive the war.  All 3 received awards for this raid. 32 awards in total
2 Distinguished Service Orders (DSO)
1 Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
8 Military Crosses (MC)
2 Distinguished Conduct Medals (DCM)
10 Military Medals (MM)
9 Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)

Birth Place

Number

England

8

NSW

13

NZ

2

Qld

11

Scotland

5

SA

4

Tasmania

8

Victoria

11

WA

11

Where Enlisted

Number

NSW

1

Qld

11

SA

1

Troopship A11 (Ascanius)

3

Tasmania

10

Victoria

2

WA

40

Composition of raiding party:
 26th battalion – 30
27th  battalion – 1
28th battalion – 42


Court Martials: 7 District Court Martials and General Court Martials


Field Punishment: (See Australian War Museum encyclopaedia)
Field punishment could be awarded by a court martial or a commanding officer for any offence committed on active service.
There were two categories field punishment. Field punishment No. 1 (FP1) consisted of heavy labouring duties, possibly being restrained in handcuffs or fetters, and being tied to a post or wheel. Field punishment No. 2 (FP2) differed, in that the offender was not liable to be attached to a fixed object.
41 soldiers incurred 75 charges of AWL, 807 days of FP2, 60 days detention and 1312 days pay reduction.

Married: 14 were married. 5 in England, 4 of whom did not return to Australia.
          Before the war: 9 During the war: 5

Pay:            (pre-embarkation rates)

Rank

Daily Pay

Private

6/-   

L/Corporal

6/-

Corporal

10/-

Sergeant

10/6

2nd Lieutenant

21/-

Lieutenant

21/-

Captain

22/6

Major

30/-

Lt Colonel

37/6

Promotions: (26)
26 soldiers were promoted, 4 officers/NCOs were unchanged, 43 remained privates.
Lt Col.  1
Maj      2
Capt    2
Lt        5
2/Lt     1
CSM     2
Sgt      4
Cpl       6
L/Cpl    3


Other Illnesses: Influenza, Mumps, Neurasthenia, Pneumonia


Officer Deaths: 3 of 14


Reinforcements:
The 28th Battalion, on embarkation from Australia in June 1915 had 34 officers and 997 other ranks of these only 24 officers and 705 were alive at war’s end. During the course of the war the battalion was reinforced by 53 officers and 2721 other ranks.
Mainly because of losses in Sept 1918 the 7th brigade was reorganised as a 3 battalion brigade – the 25th was disbanded.  At this time the 28th battalion’s numbers were less than 600 and it was reorganised into a 3 company battalion.
Early discharges (before 11/11/18):  All soldiers were enlisted for the duration of the war plus 4 months. Early discharges because of wounds and/or debility: Fitzpatrick, Kirkwood, Paterson, Philips, Roxburgh, Sullivan, Wilson.


Time taken for Raid: The raiders left their trench at 9.40pm and the last group returned at 1.30am. They were in the German trenches for only 7 minutes.


Venereal Diseases: 23 soldiers, 34 cases, 1386 days recuperation. This is roughly equivalent to the one soldier out of action for the duration of the war.  Apply that statistic to the 5 Australian divisions fielded and you get slightly more than a whole battalion of soldiers out of action for the whole war.

Veterans of other wars:
Boer War Veteran: Moxley
WW2 veterans: Arnold Brown (Lt Col.),Phillipps (Wing Commander), Greenaway, Themor, Tozer, Walsh

Wounded: 46 of the soldiers were wounded 73 times.
About 416,000 Australians enlisted in WW1. Of the 330,000 who embarked there were 215,000 (65%) casualties – deaths and wounds.

WW1 Dates: 28th July, 1914 – November 11th, 1918 (9,000,000 deaths from 70,000,000 combatants.