Media release: Wednesday, 12 March 2014
The National Archives of Australia is pulling out all stops to help descendants of Gallipoli veterans claim their rightful place at Anzac Cove for the centennial Anzac Day commemorations next year.
Because the Department of Veterans Affairs' ballot requires direct descendants to provide documentary evidence of their connection, within a tight timeframe, the National Archives is providing access to World War I service records held in its collection.
While 376,000 World War I records were digitised in 2007, the records of servicemen and women who also served in World War II were not digitised at the time.
To ensure descendants of those Anzacs do not miss out, staff at the National Archives are making a special effort to help them identify the correct record and to digitise it for them within the required timeframe.
Anyone seeking World War I service records can find them through the National Archives' website naa.gov.au.
The National Archives will launch a new website Discovering Anzacs to coincide with Anzac Day this year. There is a preview at discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au.