The 9th Division was the most highly decorated of the four AIF divisions raised during the war. Seven of its members received the Victoria Cross, the nation's highest award for gallantry, these were (in alphabetical order by surname):
- Tom Derrick;
- John Hurst Edmondson (posthumous);
- Percival Eric Gratwick (posthumous);
- Arthur Stanley Gurney (posthumous);
- William Henry Kibby (posthumous);
- John Bernard Mackey (posthumous); and
- Leslie Thomas Starcevich.
Military decorations awarded to members of the 9th Division include:
- 7 Victoria Crosses (VC);
- 41 Companion of the Distinguished Service Orders (DSO);
- Order of the British Empire: 9 Officers of the Order (OBE) and 29 Members of the Order (MBE);
- 119 Military Crosses (MC);
- 57 Distinguished Conduct Medals (DCM);
- 212 Military Medals (MM);
- 9 British Empire Medals (BEM);
- 611 Mentioned in Dispatches (MID – not a post-nominal).
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