Personal service records: countries other than Australia
Addresses of organisations to contact regarding personal service records.
Websites are listed if available: some of these provide information about applications for records, costs, contacts for medals, graves, tracing veterans, etc.
Personnel Records Unit
National Archives of Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa Ontario K1A ON3
First World War attestation papers are available online from the National Archives of Canada website.
Archives New Zealand
PO Box 12-050
NZ Defence Force
Private Bag 905
Fax: 04 527 5275
Details of new Zealanders who have died in conflicts from South Africa (Boer War) to East Timor can be found on the Cenotaph database. The Cenotaph Database is primarily a roll of honour of those who died as a result of war service, but also includes some personnel who have died since.
SA Defence Force Archives
Private Bag X615
SOUTH AFRICA 0001
The SA Defence Force Archives are not open to the public, but you may write to obtain information.
First and Second World Wars
Documentation Service Directorate
Private Bag X 289
SOUTH AFRICA 0001
You need permission from the person concerned or from the eldest living relative to obtain information from these records.
National Archives & Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20408
Useful resources for researching your relative's military service
- Researching your relatives military service
- Requesting veterans' service records
- Rootsweb frequently asked questions on First World War
The National Archives provides guidance on researching people, including army, navy, and air personnel, marines, prisoners of war, and merchant seamen.
Ministry of Defence Veterans’ Agency provides addresses to contact for post-1920 records for each service.
The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU
Phone: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444
Royal Museums Greenwich produce research guides to assist with research into the Merchant Navy.
Some other countries are listed on the contacts page of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs World War 2 nominal roll database.
Enquiries concerning a veteran of another country’s armed forces may be directed to the embassy or consulate of that country. Addresses can be found in the telephone directory.
First World War additional resources for records information:
Christina K. Schaefer, The Great War: a guide to the service records of all the world’s fighting men and volunteers (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 1998). (Research Centre Reading Room R940.3 S)