With a large number of World War One centenary commemorations beginning in 2014, many Australians and New Zealanders want to know more about their family members who fought in that terrible conflict. They want to know what part that their grandfather, great-uncle or other relative took among the more than 300,000 men and women who served overseas between 1914 and 1920.
Luckily, the service files of the First AIF have all been digitized by the National Archives of Australia and they are readily accessible on-line. But having these files to read is one thing – interpreting them is another. On a fee for service basis, we can obtain a copy of your relative’s file on your behalf and provide you with a summary of his AIF service. We will analyse his enlistment and attestation documents, as well as the often hard to interpret Army Form B 103. These documents contain the essence of a man’s service, but not necessarily the whole story (for instance, the names of major battles are rarely, if ever, mentioned). We can also direct family researchers to the correct archives for New Zealand, British, Canadian and South African soldiers.
If you are planning a trip to Gallipoli or the Western Front, we can provide advice on the type of tour you might like to take, ‘key points’ to see when you are there and the names of reputable travel companies that conduct battlefield tours. (Note that we are not a travel agency, but we can steer you in the right direction.)