Thursday 18 April 2013

Anzac Special: free military records 22-26 April

To commemorate, Anzac Day, is offering free access to 3.6 million Military records between 22-26 April 2013.

The comprehensive collection includes records from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland and the United States and there's also a batch of brand new records, as follows:

Australasian Imperial Expeditionary Forces Roll of Honour
This is an index to the roll of honour of the soldiers and sailors of Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces. These men and women sadly died on service between 4 August 1914 and 30 June 1919. For each entry you will find useful information such as the service number, name, rank, cause and date of death and more.

New South Wales Roll of Honour
A comprehensive list of the names of service personnel extracted from honour rolls in schools, public halls, clubs and village war memorials across New South Wales. This is valuable resource and could help you find your ancestors name being honoured somewhere in New South Wales.

New Zealand War Medal Roll
This index lists returns of Officers and Men of the Colonial Forces who made applications for the New Zealand War Medal for services before 1866. All of the claims contained are acknowledged by the War Medal Commissioners.

New Zealand Boer War Servicemen
Exactly what it says on the tin: a list of New Zealand servicemen who took part in the Boer Wars.

In addition, you can read heroic stories, photos, diary entries, poems, words of appreciation and articles by military experts in the new Anzac Memory Bank that I mentioned on this blog a few days ago. This online commemorative contains heroic stories, photos and diary entries submitted by family historians, along with expert information about the Australian and New Zealand involvement in conflicts around the globe.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, held on the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing on 25 April each year. It is a day to honour those that sacrificed their lives, those that came home and all the families affected by wars all around the world.

Make a note in your diary: the free access offer will start on Monday 22 April.