Media release: Thursday, 19 April 2012
Australians across the nation can track down their Anzac links through a website hosted by the National Archives of Australia.
The service files of 376,000 World War I service men and women have been digitised and individual names can be searched online and their files printed at home, free of charge.
Mapping our Anzacs provides an easy way for people to discover which World War I diggers came from their community – and also allows them to pay tribute online.
'Every ANZAC Day many thousands of Australians visit our websites to find out more about their own family members,' said Zoe D'Arcy, Director of Online and Digital Access at the National Archives of Australia.
'Mapping our Anzacs allows visitors to browse a series of maps and view the names of Anzacs who were born or enlisted in more than 10,000 places across the world. Links provide details on each individual, including access to digitised copies of their service record, their next of kin and any relations who also enlisted.'
'Visitors can also attach information about and photographs of their own World War I soldiers through the online scrapbook. Newspaper death notices and photographs of medals and plaques, as well as family pictures of and stories about those who served, have all been placed there as tributes to various diggers.'
There are also hundreds of photographs of World War I servicemen on the National Archives' Flickr album, under the title Bonds of Sacrifice.
Mapping our Anzacs can be explored at mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au. Photographs of World War I servicemen can be found under Bonds of Sacrifice at http://www.flickr.com/photos/national-archives-of-australia/sets/
Media can download high-res images of World War I soldiers to use with this release: http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/media/images/bonds-of-sacrifice/index.aspx