To commemorate ANZAC Day – a time of great significance to our nation – Ancestry, the leader in family history and customer genomics, is offering access to its outstanding collection of military databases to New Zealanders totally free of charge. This consists of all Origins’s New Zealand and Australian military history collections, as well as UK military collections that contain info on Commonwealth soldiers. Over 20 million records will be easily easily accessible from Friday 22 April to Tuesday 26 April 2016.
The very first ANZAC Day ceremonies; what occurred 100 years back?
This year will mark 100 years considering that big crowds gathered throughout New Zealand to attend the very first commemorations of ANZAC Day in 1916. In London, 2,000 New Zealand and Australian soldiers marched through the streets to Westminster Abbey, numerousa number of them Gallipoli veterans, where an unique service was held to commemorate the Dardanelles landings on the 25th April the previous year. New Zealand soldiers in Egypt celebrated the day with a remembrance service, consisting of the Last Post, followed by sports and online games.
ANZAC Day throughout WWII; bittersweet 25th anniversary throughout retreat from Greece, 1941 ANZAC Day ceremonies in 2016 will also mark 75 years since New Zealand and Australian soldiers were evacuated from Greece on 25th April 1941, as Nazi troops swept through that country. During the recently of April more than 50,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from mainland Greece, consisting of mostthe majority of the Second New Zealand Division. In this quick campaign almost 300 New Zealanders were killed, and 1,800 caught. Poignantly, it was the very first time that New Zealand and Australian soldiers had served together since WWI.
Over 20 million records, representing more than 100 years of military history
Ancestry provides online access to an extensive collection of New Zealand military records. With millions of individual military records relatingrelating to Kiwi and Aussie soldiers, this collection is a valuable resource to anybody wanting to finddiscover more about their household history.
Ben Mercer, Australia and New Zealand Elder Content Supervisor at Origins, states: The information in these military records provides fascinating understandings into New Zealand’s past, and the role New Zealanders played in a few of the most significant military events from 1840 to 1945. Over the coming ANZAC weekend, checking out these records could help you re-connect with your forefathers, and concern comprehend the life-changing episodes they endured and skilled first-hand.
Apart from the purely military information – who employed where and when, who served in exactly what capability and exactly what happened to them – manya number of the records reveal addresses, occupations and next of kin. Integrated with Ancestry’s other substantial collections, including electoral rolls, and births, death and marriage records, you can develop an imagea photo of exactly what your ancestor was doing previously, throughout and after the war they served in.
The military collections that will be totally free to access throughout this period include:
Origins’s New Zealand Military Collections
New Zealand, Roll of Honour, 1840-1903
New Zealand Army Medal Rolls, 1860-1919
New Zealand Army WWI Nominal Rolls, 1914-1918
New Zealand Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
New Zealand Army WWI Roll of Honour, 1914-1919
New Zealand Expeditionary Force Record of Personal Service, 1914-1918
Chronicles of the NZEF, 1916-1919
New Zealand Army WWI Reserve Rolls, 1916-1917
New Zealand WWI Armed force Defaulters, 1919-1921
New Zealand Army WWII Nominal Rolls, 1939-1948
NZ, The second world war Consultations, Promos, Transfers and Resignations, 1939-1945
New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940-1945
Ancestry’s Australian Military Collections
Australia, Imperial Force Burials at Gallipoli, 1915
Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
Australia, The second world war Armed force Service Records, 1939-1945
New South Wales, Australia, Cowra Armed force Camps Worker Image Index, 1905-1970
ANZAC Memorial, 1914-1918
Ancestry’s UK Military Collections
UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920
UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972
UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
UK, Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-1920
British WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards 1914-1920
British WWI Service records 1914-1920
British WWI Pension records 1914-1920
British Commonwealth War Graves Register 1914-1918
The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1920
UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970
UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920
UK, WWI War Diaries (Gallipoli and Dardanelles), 1914-1916
The records will be freely easily accessible from 12:01 am NZST on Friday 22 April to 01:59 am NZST Tuesday 26 April 2016 at www.ancestry.com.au/anzacday2016.