Research your Australian military ancestor with these online databases and offline sources for Australians in the Army, including Imperial Forces (1788-1870), Local Colonial Forces (1854-1901) and Commonwealth Military Forces (1901 to present), as well as the Australian Navy.
The Australian War Memorial includes a number of biographical databases for researching Australians who served in the armed forces including biographies, honours and awards, remembrance books, nominal rolls and POW rosters, as well as a wealth of other historical information.
The National Archives of Australia maintains records of Australian service men and women who served in the Australian army in World War I. 376,000 of these service records have been digitized and are available online.
The National Archives of Australia is the depository for WWII service records, including Second Australian Imperial Forces personnel dossiers, Citizen Military Forces personnel dossiers and Lists of Army personnel. There is an online searchable database to these records and online digital copies of the records are available for a fee.
Search by name, service number, honors or place of birth, enlistment or residence to find information from the service records of about one million individuals who served in the Australian defence forces and Merchant Navy during World War II (3 Sept 1939 to 2 Sept 1945). This free searchable database includes about 50,600 members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), 845,000 from the Australian Army, and 218,300 members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as well as approximately 3,500 merchant mariners.
The Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War honors and commemorates the men and women who served in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force in Korea, or in the waters adjacent to Korea, during the conflict and after the ceasefire, between 27 June 1950 and 19 April 1956. This free database includes details taken from the service records of more than 18,000 Australians who served during the Korean War.
Search for information on approximately 61,000 men and women who served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Vietnam, or in the waters adjacent to Vietnam, during the conflict between 23 May 1962 and 29 Apr 1975. The Web site also contains the names of more than 1600 Australian civilians who were awarded or eligible to receive the Vietnam Logistics and Support Medal (VLSM).