Numbers going to the Front

Over 75,000 men left Royal Mail to fight in the First World War. 11,000 of them enrolled in the Reserve and Territorial forces when the war broke out. By December 1914, 28,000 men had already left Royal Mail to go off to fight. By March 1915 this had risen to 35,000. Following the introduction of military conscription for all fit, unmarried men in January 1916, the figure stood at 54,000. By November 1916, 68,000 men had left for the trenches. In all over 8,500 postal workers were killed.

To commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, Royal Mail developed a searchable database of all known memorials in the company’s care. The site pays tribute to those who served in the First World War and aims to safeguard the memorials established in order to preserve their memory -