First World War

We hold records on the government’s response to the State at war during the First World War and consequent years, as well as general records during that time.

Finding First World War records

Search the indexes

If you know the name and location of the person you are looking for, you can view our war records by searching the indexes below.  You can also conduct a topic search.

Search the archives

ArchivesSearch provides access to our collection of records, including documents, letters, maps, plans and images. For help with searching, read the ArchivesSearch help guide. If you are looking for records about the First World War, try entering one of the terms below into ArchivesSearch:

  • Spelling of names was not as consistent as it is today, so be sure to check alternatives—e.g. Thompson and Thomson.
  • Names may have been incorrectly indexed as the handwriting is sometimes difficult to read or the ink has faded.
    • The capital letters L, T, F and S are often confused as lower-case letters n, m, u and w. This means that Taylor may indexed as Laylor or Brum may be indexed as Bruin.
    • The use of double ‘s’ (ss) often looks like fs, so Ross will be indexed as Ross but may appear in the record as Rofs.
  • Names may have been written in the record phonetically as the clerks wrote the names as they heard them. Think about how it could be spelt as it was heard.
  • Some given names are abbreviated as they appear in the original record
  • Some records are restricted for several years.
  • Some records have not survived.
  • A blank cell indicates that there is no information recorded in the original.

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