Nominal rolls
Personal service records
Where they served
Those who died while serving
Medals awarded
Where to look for photographs
Encyclopedia

Nominal rolls

Officers of the RAN, Royal Australian Naval Reserve (RANR), Royal Australian Naval Reserve [Seagoing] (RANR[S]), Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR)

Biographical notes of officers whose names begin with A–H (information included up to 1940s) can be found in Official record AWM124 2/5.

Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

The First World War Embarkation Roll (AWM8) lists members of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force by unit and reinforcements.

1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train

The First World War Embarkation Roll (AWM8) lists members of the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train by unit and reinforcements. Some nominal rolls are also held in AWM37 16–18.

Personal service records

In general, these are not held by the Memorial. Please refer to National Archives of Australia's Fact Sheet 30 - Navy service records.

The Memorial does hold Australian Naval Forces Engagement and Service records for the period 1903-1911 (AWM266). Information includes:

  • full name
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation prior to engagement, some physical characteristics
  • names of ships served in, dates of service on these ships and rating
  • some notes on discipline and reasons for discharge.

Where they served

Published sources

The following sources, including volumes of the official history of Australia in the war of 1914–18, provide an authoritative account of the RAN's part in the First World War.

Several books by Vic Cassells provide concise information about RAN ships and personnel who died on RAN operations during war:

  • Vic Cassells, The capital ships: their battles and their badges (East Roseville, NSW: Simon & Schuster, 2000)
  • Vic Cassells, The destroyers: their battles and their badges (East Roseville, NSW: Kangaroo Press, 2000)
  • Vic Cassells, For those in peril: a comprehensive listing of the ships and men of the Royal Australian Navy who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the wars of the twentieth century (Kenthurst, NSW: Kangaroo Press, 1995)

You may also find information by searching library catalogues for other books on individual ships or campaigns.

Official records

An incomplete set of ship's logs is held in AWM35. The set Includes signal logs. Only brief information about operations and engagements can be gained from these.

The papers of official naval historian Arthur W. Jose (AWM36) contain many files relating to naval activities in the First World War.

1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train

This unit was formed in Melbourne in 1915 from volunteers from the Royal Australian Naval Brigade. The unit served with the British army at Suvla, then for most of 1916 and part of 1917 on the Suez Canal . It was disbanded in May 1917.

Unit logs and diaries are held in AWM37, along with nominal rolls, disciplinary and other records.

Those who died while serving

The Roll of Honour records the names of service men and women who died during or as a result of service with Australian military forces. The Roll of Honour introduction provides detailed information about Roll of Honour eligibility.

Medals and awards

Refer to our information sheets:

Where to look for photographs

  • Collections Search gives access to images held by the Memorial.
  • Trove can search photographs and other images held by a range of major Australian libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions
  • State libraries and archival repositories (for contact details, see our Information Sheet Addresses)

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