The National Archives also holds other records relating to military service, including courts-martial, civilian service, munitions workers and soldier settlement.
Records in the National Archives are available to the public if the records are more than 20 years old, called ‘the open period’. For more information see: You can find out more about what your family member did in the armed services by looking at other records held by the War Memorial.
For example, war diaries recorded the daily activities of Australian Army units and can provide more details about your family member’s movements during the war.
Some war diaries and other records are digitised and available online on the War Memorial website.
See this overview of service records from the Department of Defence for a quick guide to where records are held – for both current and ex-serving members.
You may also find military records on family history websites like Ancestry and Find My Past but generally all of these can be accessed directly through the National Archives, Australian War Memorial or state archives.
Your local library might have them or be able to order them for you on interlibrary loan.
It remembers their sacrifice as the 1915 Gallipoli landing, also referred to as the battle of Anzac Cove, resulted in a great loss of life.
Some files have physical descriptions and/or photographs.
Some files note that the person was Indigenous but others don’t – some people didn’t identify themselves as Indigenous when they joined up.
Meanwhile the Duke of Cambridge is in New Zealand where he paid tribute to those who lost their lives in battle by attending a service in Auckland. The commemorations were first held in 1916, and now the date is used to remember not just WW1 Anzacs, but all Australians and New Zealanders who have lost their lives in war.
Anzac is an acronym of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Buckingham Palace confirmed Harry, whose first child is due any day now, would gather with his sister-in-law Kate on Thursday at midday to honour the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces.