Useful links to archives of WWI records

Geelong Heritage Centre Archive

The Geelong Heritage Centre Archive includes items about individual women and men WWI service from the Geelong region. Researchers and family historians can access information from records, images, local newspapers etc. including the series of records containing the Geelong Peace Memorial Inner Sanctuary Wall Honor roll & deceased person’s application forms – Soldiers, Sailors and Nurses.

Public Record Office Victoria

Public Record Office Victoria holds an extraordinary array of records created by the Victorian Government from the mid-1830s to now including many records relating to and created during WWI.

National Archives of Australia Defence & War Service Records

The National Archives collection about Australia’s defence and war efforts will help researchers learn more about individual women and men service history, support academic research or commemorate ex-service members. There are more than 1.5 million WWI & WWII service records in the NAA collection. All WWI Army service records have been digitised and can be viewed online.

The service records relate primarily to members of the First Australian Imperial Force and include records of members of the:

  • Australian Flying Corps
  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
  • Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
  • Australian Army Nursing Service

The Australian War Memorial

Within the Memorial’s collection, there are a number of standout items which hold a wealth of useful information for all types of research. These records hold in depth, often first-hand, accounts of the operations in which Australian have been involved including:

Nominal rolls can provide some basic information about a soldier such as service number, rank, date of joining and other details. The Memorial’s People search enables several nominal rolls to be searched simultaneously. These sources include:

The First World War Embarkation Roll typically includes the individual’s address on enlistment and their next of kin’s address. The other nominal rolls will help confirm if someone served but not if they are from your area.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find the commemoration details of each of the 1.7 million Commonwealth war dead.

CWGC databases record the details and commemoration location of every casualty from the First and Second World Wars the Commission is responsible for. Researchers can also explore the CWGC Archive, which holds over 10,000 items from the Commission’s past including personal correspondence, maintenance and tour reports, staff records, photographs and press cuttings.

The National Archives UK

The National Archives UK hold a vast collection of documents, letters, diaries, maps and photographs from the First World War, many of which have been digitised and can be searched and downloaded online.