Canada

New Zealand

South Africa

United States

United Kingdom

Germany

Other countries

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.

Canada

Personnel Records Unit

National Archives of Canada

395 Wellington Street

Ottawa Ontario K1A ON3

CANADA

First World War attestation papers are available online from the National Archives of Canada website.

New Zealand

Pre-1920 records

Archives New Zealand

PO Box 12-050

Wellington

NEW ZEALAND

Website: http://www.archives.govt.nz

War (Archives New Zealand Reference Guide 3)

Post-1920 records

Personnel Archives

NZ Defence Force

Trentham Camp

Private Bag 905

Upper Hutt

NEW ZEALAND

Fax: 04 527 5275

Military personnel records and medals

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.

South Africa

1881–1902

SA Defence Force Archives

Private Bag X615

Pretoria

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

Pretoria

SOUTH AFRICA 0001

You need permission from the person concerned or from the eldest living relative to obtain information from these records.

United States

National Archives & Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington DC 20408

USA

Useful resources for researching your relative's military service

United Kingdom

The National Archives provides guidance on researching people, including army, navy, and air personnel, marines, prisoners of war, and merchant seamen.

Post-1920

Ministry of Defence Veterans’ Agency provides addresses to contact for post-1920 records for each service.

Pre-1920 records

The National Archives

Kew

Richmond

Surrey TW9 4DU

UNITED KINGDOM

Phone: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444

Email: enquiry@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Merchant Navy

Royal Museums Greenwich produce research guides to assist with research into the Merchant Navy.

Germany

Military personal records from 1867 - 1945 and from 1955 are held at Das Bundesarchiv (Federal Archive) in Freiburg, Germany.

Please note that Das Bundesarchiv may respond to enquiries in German. If you are unable to read or write German you may need to employ a translator. Das Bundesarchiv maintains lists of regional research agencies who may be employed to undertake research at the archive on your behalf.

Bundesarchiv

Wiesentalstraße 10

79115 Freiburg

GERMANY

Phone: 0761/47817-0

Fax: 0761/47817-900

E-Mail: militaerarchiv@bundesarchiv.de

Website: http://www.bundesarchiv.de/index.html.en

Useful resources for researching your relative’s military service with German armed forces:

 

Other countries

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)

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