Army – World War II: 1939–45

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

Service records

We hold the following records of World War II service:

What’s in World War II Army service records?

Army records from World War II usually include:

  • attestation (enlistment) form, setting out personal details such as age, next of kin and former occupation
  • service and casualty form (Form B103), giving details about units and postings, injuries and disciplinary charges
  • discharge form, summarising the person's service (not included in all cases)
  • head-and-shoulders photograph may be included
  • other documents or correspondence sometimes included

Find and view a World War II service record online

Many digital copies of World War II service records already exist. You can find them on RecordSearch. Use the NameSearch tab to find an individual member. Use the 'help' tab for questions.

Buy a copy

On RecordSearch, you can buy a digital copy of a World War II service record.

Find the record using NameSearch. On the 'item details' screen select 'request copy' and follow the instructions. Copying charges apply.

Find out more about how we supply digital copies of records.

View an original record

You can view a World War II service record in the National Archives Canberra Research Centre.

If you wish to view a service record, please submit a request to view records form before visiting the Research Centre. Please advise us if the service person is living or deceased.

If the record is 'open', your request can be processed in five business days. Many records are 'not yet examined' and need clearance before they can be publicly viewed. This can take up to 90 business days, so please submit your request well in advance of your visit.

You can also ask us a question about accessing records.

Other contacts

Medals

Service records may include reference to service medals.

However, service records may not include information about which service medals a person was entitled to, or if they were ever issued.

Defence Honours and Awards can help with such enquiries:

CP2-1-016
Department of Defence
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610

Phone: 1800 333 362

Medals are generally only 'reissued' to a service person or their next-of-kin if the medal has never been issued.

You can buy replicas of medals that have been issued from medal makers. Look for medal makers in your local Yellow Pages, or Google 'Medals'.

Pension information and entitlements

For information about pensions and entitlements, please contact the Veterans' Affairs Network.

Phone: 133 254 or 1800 555 254