Army – World War II: 1939–45

The National Archives preserves the service records of Australians who served with the Army during World War II.

Service records

The table below lists the different World War II service records we hold.

Collection references

* Main records of service

What’s in World War II Army service records?

The records created by the Army during World War II typically comprise a set of forms:

Find and view a World War II service record online

Some online copies of World War II service records already exist.

  1. Go to NameSearch.
  2. Enter the family name of the service person – make sure it is the name used at enlistment.
  3. Select ‘World War II’ from the dropdown menu.
  4. Search.
  5. Display the results of your search. If there are too many, you can refine this search result, and then enter the person’s given names and/or service number.
  6. Use the link to 'View digital copy'.

Purchase a copy

To purchase an online copy of a World War II service record:

  • first locate the item using NameSearch (see above)
  • use the ‘Request copy’ button
  • complete your order using our secure Ecommerce facility. Copying charges apply.

View an original record

You can view a World War II service record in the National Archives Canberra reading room.

There are still many World War II service records that require clearance before they can be publicly viewed. If you wish to view a service record, please submit an advance request to view records form at least four weeks ahead of your visit or contact the National Reference Service. Please remember to indicate whether the service person is living or deceased when making your request.

Other contacts


Inquiries about medal entitlements for service in the Australian Defence forces are handled by Defence Honours and Awards. They can be contacted by phone on 1800 333 362. Alternatively, complete the Defence Medals - Online Application.

Pension information and entitlements

Veterans' Affairs Network
Tel: 133 254 or 1800 555 254

Further information

For more information on Army records see:

You can also browse one of our other fact sheets on defence, armed services and war. It is also worth checking the World War II nominal roll.

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