If you are interested in the military history of your family or community, or are researching New Zealand’s military history, check out  how to get started using Cenotaph.

You may also like to familiarise yourself with the following:

* Requests for military personnel records

* Medal information,

Archives NZ also holds information in respect of the following:

* Records of awards to New Zealanders in WWII

* The New Zealand Home Guard. There are some records but no full rolls.

* Quite extensive records pertaining to the Maori Battalion

* A variety of maps from World War II

* Copies of the Nominal Rolls including one for soldiers returning from overseas in 1940/1941.

* Some papers relating to the New Zealand Army Nursing Service

* Two series of WWII (Pacific) photographs and some other series

* A number of records relating to Prisoners of War (POWs)

* War diaries and rolls relating to J-Force

* Closed military personnel files

and a lot more information as well

In the first instance you will want to visit the Archives NZ website

 Northland Memorials,  – many are listed here.

* Online access to a 50 volume series covering all aspects on New Zealand’s involvement in the Second World War along with a vast array of literature chronicling specific topics relating to New Zealanders’ operations within the various theatres.

* Interviews with servicemen who survived the war 

* The Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.  A repository for lots of information pertaining to NZ’s conflicts and so much in between.

Two big national museums warrant mention here: the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the National Army Museum in Waiouru. I will not elaborate on these two useful resource sites, but should you choose to check them out, then almost certainly you will want to follow through with a visit to the museums when visiting either Auckland or Waiouru.

The New Zealand War Graves Project.

To quote from the website .. 

“To photograph all the war graves and primary memorials of New Zealanders who, serving with New Zealand and Allied forces, died in conflicts, from the Anglo-Boer war (1899-1902), to the present-day and in peacekeeping operations. 2. To create a digital archive and database, accessed via a website, enabling free public access to biographical information and images.

A primary memorial is the principal burial reference for a war casualty where there is no known grave, for example for those of naval personnel lost as sea or soldiers buried anonymously in a mass grave”.

Definitely worth your while, dropping by the site from time to time to check out all the latest updates.



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