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Researching NSW Soldiers and Nurses who died

Where to go for death related records

It is estimated that about 21,000 NSW soldiers, sailors and nurses were killed or died of wounds or sickness during World War One, with another 50,000 being wounded [1].  See the service records available on Discovering Anzacs for further details of death or wounds suffered.

State Archives NSW records

We hold the  probate packets for the period 1914-19 at the Western Sydney Records Centre (WSRC).  Name search probate packets for this period on our catalogue.  For more details see Probate Packets Guide.

Deceased estates files can be found for some soldiers.  You can search our Online Index for Deceased Estate files by name or enter “Australian Imperial Forces” in the locality search field.

Find My Past

Find My Past have digitised and indexed the NSW Will Books for the World War I period.  Free access to Find My Past is available at the SANSW Western Sydney Records Centre.  Microfilm copies of the Will Books can be viewed at the SANSW Western Sydney Records Centre. For more information about the Will Books see NRS 13661 Will Books.

Australian War Memorial records

Roll of Honour includes details of members of the Australian armed force who have died during or as a result of war service.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission records

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission includes a searchable database of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located in some 153 countries across the world.

Register of War Memorials in NSW

The Register of War Memorials NSW contains information about the 3000 unique memorials across the state.  Includes photos and transcriptions of the memorials in a searchable database.



[1] New South Wales and the Great War 1914 to 1918: A Report commissioned by the New South Wales Centenary of Anzac Commemoration Committee, Brad Manera, 2011, p.13