Australia WWII Service Records

Records: 290,267 · Complete: 100%

Description

As part of the British Empire, Australia was one of the first nations to declare war on Nazi Germany in 1939. Between 1939-1945, nearly 1 million Australians, both men and women, served in WWII. Forty-thousand Australians were killed and thousands more wounded or taken prisoner. Because of its geographical isolation, Australia was also vulnerable to attack. The Japanese attacked the mainland for the first time in February 1942, and Sydney Harbour months later. Australians stepped up to defend the mainland in addition to serving in campaigns in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa.

This collection contains service records for Australians who served in WWII. It includes those who served in the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The service records are organized by military branch, and then alphabetically. Service records commonly contain:

-Name

-Next-of-kin

-Employment/trade details

-Marital status

-Age

-Place of birth

-Physical description

-Prior military service

-Movements and transfers between units

-Promotions

-When and how a soldier was injured

-Details of medical treatment

-Military correspondence