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Military history, records and medals

Search the records and medals of New Zealanders at war and get sources for doing your own military research.

Personnel records

The NZ Defence Force (NZDF) archive at Trentham military camp has about 1.5 million personnel files for 420,000 people who have served in the armed forces, post World War I. A request for a record must be authorised if the person is still alive.

Service records — NZDF

Historical records

Archives New Zealand holds records about New Zealand's military history.

Armed forces and war records — Archives NZ


The Medals Office of the NZ Defence Force issues medals to former and serving New Zealand military personnel.

Service records — NZDF

Medals — wearing and caring for — NZDF

If you have a deceased family member you think qualified for a medal they never claimed, their closest living relative can apply for it on their behalf.

Researching NZ’s military history

New Zealand at War — NZ History

Military history — Auckland Libraries

Memorials, mascots and memorabilia — NZ History

National Army Museum

National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Researching your military ancestors — Army Museum

Links - military history — NZ History

Who to contact for more help

If you need more help or have questions about the information or services on this page, contact one of the following agencies.

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