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Many of the Queensland War Memorials have honour boards or plaques listing the names of the fallen or those that served that were drawn from that community. You may wish to seek further information relating to these people whose names are recorded on war memorials:

  • Who were the people that served Australia during war?
  • Where did they live prior to enlistment in the Armed Services?
  • Where did they serve?
  • Were they recommended for an honour or award?
  • Did they become a prisoner of war?
  • Were they wounded?
  • If they were killed, where are they buried?

The following links may assist you answer these questions:

Australian War Memorial (Canberra)
The Australian War Memorial website has information on research and family history. Information available includes:

  • Nominal rolls of members of the Australian armed forces who served in various conflicts
  • Details of members of the Australian armed forces and allied forces who died while on active service
  • Details of Honours and Awards made or recommended to Australians while on active service
  • Digitised images of approximately 32,000 individual case files of Australian personnel reported as wounded or missing during the First World War
  • Details of approximately 23,000 AMF prisoners of war and missing personnel from operations in the Far East and South West Pacific Islands, as at 30 June 1944.

National Archives of Australia
The National Archives of Australia website is continuing to make available to the public more service and unit records. Information available includes:

  • Service records which may also record place of enlistment, addresses and parental information. The First World War records have been digitised for on line access.
  • Mapping our ANZACs provides a link to records of First World War servicemen drawn from each town or locality.
  • Army, Navy and Air Force records
  • Photographic records

Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs website contains information from service records. It will enable searches to list service personnel that were either born or enlisted from particular communities. Additionally some information is provided on units in which they served and honours awarded. This information is accessed via:

  • World War Two Nominal Roll
  • Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War
  • Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans

Office of Australian War Graves
The Office of Australian War Graves lists the names and addresses of war cemeteries in Australia and holds records of:

  • Commonwealth war dead of World War One and World War Two
  • Listings on Cemeteries both overseas and in Australia
  • Memorials to the Missing
  • Commemorations of individual Australian war dead since World War Two
  • Australian post war dead.
  • Preliminary Gulf War Nominal Roll

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The "Debt of Honour Register" is the Commission's database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.

Australian War Graves Photographic Archive
The Australian War Graves Photographic Archive is committed to digitally photographing every Australian war grave and memorial commemoration of Australia's armed forces. Access will be enabled to locate an individual war grave or commemoration via a search engine, peruse information pertaining to that image and then obtain a copy.

Queensland State Archives
Queensland State Archives is custodian of the State's largest and most significant collection of Queensland Government records and is an invaluable research facility for those researching their family tree, local history or other area of special interest.

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Last reviewed
8 June 2016
Last updated
23 June 2014