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Researching your Military Ancestors

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The 'Anzac' review on Salisbury Plain: an Australian mascot, illustration from 'The Illustrated War News', 27th September 1916 (sepia photo). [sepia photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/109_151433/1/109_151433/cite

Online Databases

The following databases can be accessed in any Kingston Library branch:

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You can find 50 million military and conflict records covering a range of conflicts from the 1760 to the 20th Century and both World Wars. Over 983,000 records cover Australia and New Zealand including both world wars, the Boer war, New Zealand Maori Campaigns British service records date back to the Napoleonic Wars, they include medals, casualties, naval and military nurses.

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You can find a number of British Army records for WWW 1 including service records, Medal Rolls, Pension Records and the soldiers who died in the Great War 1914-1919. There are a number of sites listing Awards and Decorations. Army, Navy, Victoria Cross and the Waterloo Medal Roll. It includes the Navy List 1888-1970 which is the Navy's official published list of officers. To discover what military records are held for other countries go to Card Catalog, select Military and then filter by Location.

Ancestry Card Catalog. [Website Screenshot]. Retrieved from Ancestry Library Edition website: http://www.ancestrylibrary.com/

Australian Resources

World War I 1914-1918: 'Get into Khaki' We are doing our bit -. Australian recruitment poster showing soldier with rifle in one hand gesturing toward other soldiers in battle (1914-1918). [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/300_2289971/1/...

Australian War Memorial

Our excellent War Memorial website has a wide range of useful databases. Start with the 'Search for a Person' page.

Australian War Memorial First World War Embarkation Rolls

Details include date and place of embarkations, Ship, trade, next of kin and address.

Commemorative Roll

The Commemorative Roll records the names of Australians who died during or as a result of wars in which Australia served but they were not serving in Australian Armed forces.

Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour commemorates members of the Australian Armed Forces who have died during or as a result of war service, non warlike service and some peace time operations.

You can search the Roll for all conflicts including:

  • South Africa 1899-1902 Boer War
  • China 1900-1901 Boxer Rebellion
  • First World War
  • Second World War
  • British Commonwealth Occupational Force
  • 1946-1952 Japan
  • Papua New Guinea 1947-1975
  • North Queensland Coast 1947-1950 Bomb and mine clearance
  • Malayan Emergency 1948-1960
  • Berlin 1948-1949 Berlin airlift
  • Kashmir 1948-1985 United Nations Military
  • Observer group in India and Pakistan
  • Korea1948-1985
  • Malta 1952-1955
  • Korea 1953-1957 Post Armistice service – Cease fire monitoring.
  • Thailand 1960-1968
  • Vietnam 1962-1975
  • Malay Penisula 1964-1966
  • Irian Jaya 1976-1981 Operation
  • Cenderawasih
  • Afghanistan 2001-
  • Indonesia 2005 (Operation Sumatra Assist)
  • Fiji 2006 ( Operation Quickstep)
  • Somalia 1992-1995
  • United Nations Truce Supervison Organization (UNTSO)
  • UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara 1991-1994
  • PNG (Bougainville) (PMG) 1998-2003
  • Solomon Islands (RAMSI) 2003-2013
  • East Timor 1999-2013
  • Indonesian Confrontation 1962-1966
  • Sudan 1885
  • South East Asis 1955-1975 (FESR, SEATO)
  • Iraq 2003-2013

Honours and Awards awarded to Australians

Anzac Day Commemorations In Gallipoli. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/115_3842242/1/115_3842242/cite

Red Cross Wounded and Missing

World War One Nominal Roll

This is a single alphabetical listing of 324,000 names of Australian Imperial Forces who served overseas during WW1.

World War One Red Cross Missing and Wounded

32,000 case files of Australian personnel reported to the Red Cross during WW1.

National Archives of Australia

National Archives holds records about service in the Australian Defence Forces from Federation in 1901. http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/defence/service-records/index.aspx

Australian Army records begin with the Boer War, includes service between and after the 2 world wars. All World War 1 service records have been digitised and able to view online. Using the Name search you can quickly find the service records of particular individuals.

AIF Project: Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1018

You can search the database for official records of Australians who served.

Anzacs Online

Nominal Role of Australian Veterans of the Korean War

This website contains the Service records of 18,000 who served during the Korean War.

Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans

Spirits of Gallipoli

This website hopes to provide information on the men of the A.I.F who are buried or commemorated at Gallipoli.

Australian Army History Unit

Australian Light Horse Association

This website is dedicated to the Light Horse Regiments and the Light Horsemen who served in Australia from settlement the last leaving in 1913.

Australia's Red Coat Regiments 1788

For 82 years British Regiments and Marine Detachments had duties in the colonies

Australian Boer War Memorial

There is a list of soldiers who served in the Boer War.

Australian Service Nurses National Memorial

Australian Army Nurses who died during or as a result of War Service since the Boer War. 

Australian War Medals

Regulations of the wearing of medals, lists all service and Campaign Medals for Australia from pre WW1 to post WW2.

Defence Honours and Awards

Discovering Anzacs

A joint project between the Australian and New Zealand Archives to show records of World War 1 Servicemen and records from the Boer War.

A record from Discovering Anzacs. [Website Screenshot]. Retrieved from The National Archives of Australia website: http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/home/

Graves and Memorials of Australians in the Boer War 1899-1902

This website has a searchable database of information from Australian Boer War Memorials.

Lost Leaders of Anzac: Officers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died at Gallipoli 1915

Military Historical Society of Australia

Useful links relating to military history and military forces.

Navy List

Covering 1905-1979 the Navy List contains details of the officers of the Royal Australian Navy.

Royal Australian Navy

Try the History section for a wide range of materials useful for the Family Historian

Service Records - National Archives of Australia

Trove digitised newspapers and more

Check Australian newspapers for news reports and obituaries.

World War 2 Nominal Roll

This roll is to honour the men and women who served in the Australian defence force and Merchant Navy during WW2.

Australian Bushmen on the march during the second Boer war. From South Africa and the Transvaal War. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/312_1011522/1/312_1011522/cite

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Military Records

Where to find indigenous records.

Other Websites

Army Museums Ogilby Trust Ancestor Research and Military Genealogy

This is a useful guide, website links and addresses for your research.

British Red Cross: First World War Volunteers

Over 90.000 people volunteered for the British Red Cross during WW1 at the moment you can search for surname from A-F with more names being added weekly.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

This website commemorates 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth who died in two world wars. It also includes 67,000 civilians who died because of enemy action in WW2.

Discover 14-18

Produced by the CWGC Discover 14-18 concentrates on the First World War highlighting some of the cemeteries and memorials.

Europeana 1914-1918: Untold stories and official Histories of WW1

Explore stories, films and historical material about WW1. Materials include resources from Libraries and Archives worldwide and family memories that have been added to the site.

First World War: a global view

Explore the impact of the First World War through the interactive map which highlights key events and countries.

The Gazette Official Public Record

The Gazette Official Public Record of Belfast, London and Edinburgh. You can find information about Officers’ Commissions,Honours and awards.

Great War 1914-1918

A guide to WW1 Battlefields and History of the First World War.

IWM Lives of the First World War

Contribute to the Imperial War Museums Digitial Memorial of those who served in WW1.

From Down Under. Australian howitzers on the Somme front. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/108_282304/1/108_282304/cite

The Long, Long Trail - The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918

This website is all about the soldiers, units, regiments and battles of the British Army of the First World War.

Looking for records of a British Solider after 1913

1914.org

This is the Imperial War Museums Centenary Hub which covers centenary events and resources from across the globe.

Personal Service Records: Countries other than Australia

This list produced by the War Memorial gives contact details for Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, Germany and other countries.

British Red Cross: First World War Volunteers

Search the British Red Cross for personnel records of those who volunteered in WW1. Surnames A through G are now available.

Roll of Honour website

Dedicated to the memorials around the UK this website photographs and transcriptions of memorials.

War Memorials Archive

This website will help you find memorials by location, conflict and type.

Wester Front Association

An excellent website devoted to many aspects of World War One including maps, battlefields, Naval & Air war and the Home front

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