Find and view a World War II service record online
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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.
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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:
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