Pre First World War conflicts nominal rolls introduction
This nominal roll includes personnel who served in,
- the NSW Contingent to the Sudan, 1885
- Australian units in the Boer War, 1899-1902
- the NSW, Victorian and South Australian Contingents to the Boxer Uprising, China, 1900-1901
The information for the Sudan and Boxer Uprising was compiled from a number of different sources including: official records and private records held by the Memorial and a number of published sources.
The information for the Boer War was initially compiled and edited by Dr Robin McLachlan (Senior Lecturer in History at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW) while an Australian War Memorial Research Centre Fellow from 1986 to 1988. The source used was Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa, compiled and edited for the Department of Defence by Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Murray RAA (Ret.). The Boer War Nominal Roll has since been enhanced by staff of the Memorial's Research Centre with the addition of fields for rank, full first name, service number, fate (for those who died), and notes from Murray and other sources of information.
The search will automatically search using a wildcard at the end of the name you search. For example a search using John will return results with John, Johns, Johnston, Johnstone, etc.
You can also search using wildcards in the middle of a name. If you are unsure of a single letter within a name, search using a full stop in place of the letter. For example a search using Sm.th will return results with Smith and Smyth
If it is possible there is more than one letter in the variation use an asterix in place of the letters. For example a search using M*Donald will return results with McDonald and MacDonald. It will also return instances of first names with m and the surname Donald, for example Michael Donald.
To search for an exact phrase, enclose the name in quotation marks. This will return results with the name in the order you have specified. For example a search using “John Smith” will return results with John Smith, Robert John Smith, etc.
The search will match the number you enter into this field. So if you search using 10 with will return all results with 10 in the service number field.
If you are unsure of a single digit within a service number you can search using a full stop in place of that digit. For example a search using 10.7 will return 1007, 1017, 1027, 1037, etc.
If you are unsure of more than one digit within a service number you can search using an asterix in place of the digits. For example a search using 1*7 will return 17, 107, 1007, 10007, etc.
The search will automatically search using a wildcard at the end of the terms you search. For example a search using 2 Batt will return 2 Batt, 2 Battalion, 2 Battery, 2nd Battalion, 21 Batt, 21 Battalion, 2/1 Battalion, 2/1st Battalion, etc.
Please note that unit names are not entered in the database consistently so a unit name may be recorded in a number of ways. For example the 2 Battalion could be entered as 2 Batt, 2nd Batt, 2 Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 2 Battalion Australian Infantry, 2nd Battalion Australian Infantry.
Enquiries relating to information contained in the Pre First World War conflicts nominal roll should be directed to the Research Centre.