The National Archives holds the service records of Australians who served with the Army in World War II.
We are currently digitising World War II service records and they will be progressively made available online. Some records may be temporarily unavailable to the public while they are being digitised.
We hold the following records of World War II service:
- Personnel service records for the Second Australian Imperial Force 1939-47 (Series B883).
- Citizen Military Forces personnel service records 1937-47 (Series B884).
- Lists of Army personnel from the Australian Military Force and Second Australian Imperial Force 1940-45 (Series A828).
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