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Several countries of the Commonwealth like New Zealand and Australia volunteered for the war for many reasons. These reasons were duty, honour, peer pressure, influential propaganda, the seeking of adventure, a growing sense of nationalism, the lack of wars in the European area since the 1870s and an increase level of literacy in the soldiers that led many to romanticize the war.

As you can see, the answer to this question is in not simple. There are many variables and factors that contributed to the volunteering for the war.

The most influential factors would be duty and loyalty to the British Empire. Additionally, a growing sense of Nationalism in the colonies and the sense of adventure of many soldiers that led them to volunteer. Much of the Great War was romanticized during its initial years also due to high levels of literacy and propaganda.

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