Launch of Irish Anzacs Database

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The Irish Anzacs Project is a significant research undertaking of the Global Irish Studies Centre at UNSW, made possible by a grant from the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Program. The project aims to identify all Irish-born enlistments in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War, or as close to all as is practicable, and to compile a publicly accessible database containing information on each of them. The database will provide families with information on their Irish-born family members who served in the war as well as providing statistical information to assist researchers understand the contribution of the Irish to the Australian war effort.

Click here to search the database for your Irish-Australian Anzac.

The information in the database has been extracted from the service records held by the National Archives of Australia (NAA), and includes the following details: name, town and county of birth, date and place of enlistment, declared age, occupation, marital status, next of kin location, previous military service, religion, and the unit to which initially posted. There is a link from the database to the actual service record on the NAA website. Additional information has been added from sources maintained by the Australian War Memorial such as the Roll of Honour, the list of Honours and Decorations and the Red Cross files relating to the wounded and missing and to prisoners of war, with links to those sources on the website of the Australian War Memorial. Over time, further information will be added from the Embarkation Roll, the Nominal Roll and other sources, ultimately producing for each soldier a comprehensive record.

(NAA), and includes the following details: name, town and county of birth, date and place of enlistment, declared age, occupation, marital status, next of kin location, previous military service, religion, and the unit to which initially posted. There is a link from the database to the actual service record on the NAA website. Additional information has been added from sources maintained by the Australian War Memorial such as the Roll of Honour,he list of Honours and Decorations and the Red Crossss files relating to the wounded and missing and to prisoners of war, with links to those sources on the website of the Australian War Memorial. Over time, further information will be added from the Embarkation Roll, the Nominal Roll and other source, ultimately producing for each soldier a comprehensive record.

The NAA holds more than 376,000 service records in series B2455, all of which have been digitised and are available on line. All but about 4000 of those records indicate the enlistee’s place of birth, so that it has been possible to identify in that series almost 6000 service records of soldiers and nurses who were Irish-born. The NAA also holds in series MT1486/1 more than 72 000 service records and applications to enlist, of which only a small number are available on line. Manual searching of that series, which is incomplete, has identified many hundreds more records relating to those who were Irish-born. In addition to the Irish-born, the AIF included many thousands of enlistees of Irish descent who were born outside of Ireland, including those with both parents born in Ireland. However, as the NAA service records give place of birth for the enlistee only it has not been possible to identify such persons. Accordingly, the database is confined to those of Irish birth.

Click here to watch a video on how to use and search the database.

Click on the image to learn more and search the database.

Click on the image to learn more and search the database.

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    Jill Ball (GeniAus) 18 October 2014 - 10:22 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing this link to another addition to the growing list of WW1 resources under development in Australia.

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