New Zealan­ders and Aus­tralians

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Few of the An­zacs had any pre­vi­ous mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence, which makes their achieve­ments all the more re­mark­able.

It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that An­zacs came from two dis­tinct na­tions, sub­tly re­in­forced by the New Zealan­ders who in­clude the sim­ple in­scrip­tion on the base of their memo­ri­als “From the ut­ter­most ends of the earth.”

In gen­eral, the records are very sim­i­lar to Bri­tish ones. In­deed there are some shared records, such as the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion ( www.cwgc.org).

In ad­di­tion, gal­lantry awards and de­tails of of­fi­cers in Do­min­ion forces ap­pear in the Lon­don Gazette. TNA has copies of many AN­ZAC unit war di­aries.

The Na­tional Ar­chives of Aus­tralia holds ser­vice doc­u­ments for Aus­tralian ser­vice per­son­nel. The records are at naa.gov.au/ col­lec­tion/ex­plore/de­fence/ser­vicere­cords/army-wwi.aspx.

The Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial ( awm. gov.au) has a su­perb col­lec­tion of ma­te­rial re­lat­ing to Aus­tralian forces since 1901. Many records have been in­dexed or digi­tised,

www.awm.gov.au/col­lec­tion/ digi­tised- record for more de­tails.

They in­clude a roll of hon­our for those who did not re­turn; Nom­i­nal and Em­barka­tion Rolls; Hon­ours and Awards with de­tails of rec­om­men­da­tions; War di­aries for Aus­tralian units and Of­fi­cial his­to­ries

And through the An­zac Col­lec­tions pro­gramme, the Me­mo­rial is digi­tis­ing the per­sonal pa­pers and di­aries of 150 An­zacs. De­tails are at awm.gov. au/1914-1918/ an­za­c­connec­tions.

On­line records of nearly 120,000 men who served in the New Zealand Ex­pe­di­tionary Force are with Ar­chives New Zealand ( arch­way.ar­chives.govt.nz).

In ad­di­tion the Ar­chives has nom­i­nal and ca­su­alty rolls, rolls of hon­our, unit di­aries and records re­lat­ing to hon­ours and awards, which are de­scribed in a re­search guide at ar­chives.govt.nz/re­search/guides/ war# first.

The Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum’s Ceno­taph Data­base found at muse. auck­land­mu­seum.com/data­bases/ ceno­taph has brief de­tails about most New Zealand troops, par­tic­u­larly those who did not re­turn.

TNA has copies of many of the AN­ZAC unit war di­aries

Si­mon Fowler is the au­thor of

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