This months topic for eGen was "Military history".Fortunately for family historians’ information relating to war is easily available and there is plenty of it.
What type of records can you find for free? This varies, some will be minimal information others may include complete records. The most detailed records are from WWI.
You may find;
War memorials, Photographs, Medals, Newspaper, Attestation records
Some great Australian sites.
Australian War memorial www.awm.gov.au
This is a great starting place for war history in Australia.
First World War Embarkation Roll
Nominal rolls – Embarkation rolls
Honours and Awards
Australian Red Cross Wounded
National Archives of Australia www.naa.gov.au
They hold service records from the Australian defence force from Federation in 1901. Defence service records set out the essentials of a person’s service in the forces. They commonly contain biographical information supplied on enlistment, such as name, address, next of kin and age, as well as service information such as movements, postings, changes in rank, and brief mention of injuries or illness. Although most records contain these basic elements, they do vary in the amount of information they contain.
All WWI records have been digitised and can be viewed online for free.
Mapping our Anzacs www.mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au
Mapping our Anzacs is linked to the National Archives records, it uses maps and allows you to add information, built your own story add photographs etc. From this site you can search by place.
The AIF project: Australian ANZACS in the great war 1914-1918 www.aif.adfa.edu.au
Its major activity is the construction of a database that draws on a wide range of sources to provide details on the 330,000 men and women who served overseas in the (First) Australian Imperial Force, 1914-1918.
Provides a list of known alias for personnel.
Ability to search by name, place, serial numbers and even fate.
WWII Nominal Roll www.ww2roll.gov.au
The World War Two Nominal Roll honour s the people who served in Australia’s defence forces and the Merchant Navy during this conflict.
If your ancestors fought and survived I suggest you check this site, as men often re-enlisted, they may not have had an active fighting roll, but acted as trainers or in the volunteer defence corps.
Korea Nominal roll www.koreanroll.gov.au
Vietnam nominal roll www.vietnameroll.gov.au
ANZACS online http://anzacsonline.net.au
ANZACs Online is an online military museum which displays photographs, diaries and letters, relating to the many Australians who served in the Australian Imperial Force during WWI.
WWI Pictorial honour rolls www.ww1sa.gravesecrets.net Photographs from South Australian who served in the great war.
Lost heroes of the Great War http://lostheroes.gravesecrets.net
This website is for people to post photographs of Australians who served in the war in the hope that other members of the public have the same photograph and are able to help with identification.
South Australian War Memorials www.tributesofhonour.info
This site allows searching by names and or memorials. There are over 4000 photographs linked to over 1500 memorials in the State.