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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.


War Graves, Cemeteries and War Memorials

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.

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.

The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

To acknowledge the pain and suffering that all Prisoners of War endured during their time in captivity, to commemorate the thousands of mates left behind and to acknowledge the sacrifice of families during wartime.


Honours and Awards

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.


Museums and Libraries

Imperial War Museum

National Library of Australia

Last updated 17/06/2020