As ANZAC Day approaches we take the time to reflect on those who fought, who returned and those who died fighting for king and country.
The National Archives of Australia http://www.naa.gov.au are the repository for service records, allowing the family historian the opportunity to access the service records of personnel from the Australian Defence Forces. The majority of the records for the First World War are freely available. For the Second World War, you may need to purchase the records.
So who have I found amongst the records for both the first and second world war the following close relations.
Edward Waller LOADES Grandfather 16/09/1889 - 23/01/1941 Australian Imperial Forces 683A Enlisted: Keswick 7th July 1915 Driver 32nd Battalion Transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion Service: Middle East and Western Front Discharged: 8th Jul 1919
Ronald Maurice NOSWORTHY Great Uncle 23/12/1922 – 14/07/1992 Australian Military Forces SX17910 Enlisted: Naracoorte SA 23rd Feb 1942 Private 2/48 Battalion Service: Middle East, New Guinea and Singapore Discharged 31st May 1946
Leslie Howard LOADES Uncle 10/06/1921 – 01/08/1980 Australian Military Forces SX13359 Enlisted: Prospect, 23 April, 1941 2/9th Armed Regiment Service: Borneo Discharged: 19th Oct 1945
The National Archives and the Australian War Memorial site can provide more information to help us all understand the sacrifices made.
Les we forget.