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Get a copy of a WW1 service record

Archives New Zealand is in the process of putting the military records of everyone who served in World War I online.

Find a soldier’s service record

You can search the records of everyone who served in WWI using Archives New Zealand’s Archway search engine.

Search for a personnel record by name

You’ll need to put code 18805 into the “series” box and then search by name in the “keywords” field.

Some of the digitised records are available as a PDF as well as an image. To find the PDF version:

  • click “preservation master” in the file’s left-hand panel
  • click “derivative copy” and then “image 1” under “table of contents” — this is the PDF file.

What’s in a service record?

A soldier’s personnel record contains all the official paperwork from their time in the military. It could include:

  • medical certificates
  • correspondence
  • recommendations for commendations
  • reports from battles
  • information about how and where they died.

More help with WW1 research

Guide to researching NZ soldiers in the First World War

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