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How to research a WWII soldier

 

Due the relatively short period of time since the end of WWII and the regulations controlling the release of official documents, there is not as much research material available compared to WWI.

WWII documents are not yet available to the public and must be individually requested from the NAA. Follow the same procedure for sourcing WWI documents on the NAA website to locate WWII service records.

National Archives of Australia

  1. On the NAA home page click on ‘Search'. There are two ‘Search' links, one at the top and one at the bottom of the page.
  2. On the Search page click on ‘Record Search'.
  3. On the Record Search page click on ‘Search Now as a guest'.

You will then be presented with a series of search boxes. The more information you can provide will narrow the search. In the ‘Keywords' box enter the Regimental Number and the Surname. Hopefully this will get a return for only one record.

The search can be further narrowed by putting the years of WWII in the ‘Dates' box. Click on ‘Search' at the bottom of the page.

The Search Results page will provide you the number of matches. Click on ‘Display'.

All matches will be displayed. Scroll down until you find the record you are searching for.

At the bottom right hand corner is a blue ‘r' and ‘View digital copy'. Click on ‘View digital copy' and the record will open.

The full file can be viewed page by page and printed from this site. Having the file reproduced by the NAA and sent to you will incur a charge.


However, a full list of all Australians who served during WWII is available on line. This can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/

  • From the home page click on the ‘Name' or ‘Service Number' tab.

This will take you to a search screen. Enter as much information as you have to narrow the search. Once you locate the individual you are looking for click on their name which will display the basic information of their service.


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