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National Archives of Australia

National Archives of Australia - Record Search

Online catalogue of millions of Australian Government records, held by the National Archives of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial. The collection includes original Army service records, Government files, photographs, posters, and maps.

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National Archives of Australia - Service Records
The National Archives holds over a million service records of Australians who served during World War 1 and World War 2. Army service records usually contain the members enlistment paper, details of their Army service and postings, and may also include an identity photograph taken at the time of enlistment.
A digital copy of a members Service Record can be added to the National Archives online database, or you can purchase a photocopy. A fee is charged for either of these services, and you should contact the National Archives for further details.

What documents are in a World War II Service Record?


Nominal Rolls

World War 2 Nominal Roll

Online database which contains the service details of over one million individuals who served with Australia's defence forces, and the Merchant Navy, during the period 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945.

The database can be searched by Name, Service Number and place of service.

Australian War Memorial - POW and Missing database

Names and service details of approximately 23,000 Australian POWs, and missing personnel, who served in the Far East and South West Pacific area, as at 30 June 1944.


War Graves and Cemeteries

Office of Australian War Graves

Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) acts as the agent of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in the Australian region, commemorates Australian war dead for conflicts other than the world wars, commemorates veterans who die post-war of causes related to the conflict, and establishes and maintains official Australian memorials overseas.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Based in the United Kingdom, its duties are to mark and maintain the graves of the members of the forces of the Commonwealth who were killed in the two World Wars, to build memorials to those who have no known grave and to keep records and registers, of war dead.


War Memorials

Register of War Memorials in NSW

The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) and the New South Wales Government are compiling a full record of all the war memorials in NSW.

War Memorials in Australia

Locations, descriptions and images of war memorials in the states and territories of Australia.

Overseas Memorials Search

The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) register of both Government and privately-constructed memorials for Australian Service men and women who served in conflict or peacekeeping activities. Only memorials located overseas are listed because OAWG is not responsible for war memorials in Australia. Australian memorials are normally the responsibility of State and Local Governments.


Honours and Awards

Australian War Memorial "Honours and Awards" database

These records contain details of honours and awards made to Australians while on active service with Australian forces during the Boer War, First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War. Also included are some recommendations that were made but not subsequently granted, some foreign awards, awards to some foreign soldiers serving with Australian units, and some awards to Australians serving with Allied forces. A few peacetime New Year and Queen’s Birthday Defence honours are also included.

Australian Government "It's An Honour"

Australian honours recognise and celebrate ordinary Australians who show courage, self-sacrifice, dedication, love and service to their community and humanity. Read the stories of these inspiring Australians.



Australian War Memorial - Glossary

A guide to Australian military related acronyms and abbreviations.


Museums and Libraries

Imperial War Museum

National Library of Australia

Last updated 19/03/2019