Find out if your New South Wales or Queensland ancestors fought in WW1 by finding them among the pages of Australia’s Fighting Sons of Empire. This book can show give you details of your relative’s war history and his education and family at home. It will also show you his photograph.
The book is divided into geographical areas. Each page shows four biographies, each with a photograph. The amount of information varies but you can find out the following about your ancestor.
Names of Parents
Details of education
Details of military service
Details of wounding or death
When they returned and to where
First published by Palmer and Ashworth in 1919 Australia’s Fighting Sons of the Empire shows around 1,500 Australian men from New South Wales and Queensland, of all ranks, who fought in the First World War.
The book was reprinted a number of times. Containing brief but detailed biographies, as well as the all-important photographs, this book is an invaluable resource if you are tracing your Australian family.
Friends and family members who fought together are sometimes grouped together in the biographies.
On page 10 of the document there is an alphabetical index of all the places covered. The PDF page numbering largely correspond with the page numbers given in the index so it is possible to search by page number for a specific area.
While you can browse the PDF of Australia’s Fighting Sons of the Empire it is still possible to search directly for your ancestor. Searching a PDF is a little different from searching our other record sets so we’ve provided a few tips to help you with get started.
All searches must be for exact words or phrases occurring within the text. With a PDF you have to get the spelling as it would appear in the text. All search results will bring you directly to the page where your search term can be found.
To search for your ancestor by name you will have to search for the name as it appears in the book. If you don’t have any luck first time try another variation. So, if you were looking for a Bobby Bill Smith you might first look for Robert William Smith and then for R. W. Smith.
If you put a phrase or a name in inverted commas then the search will look for the words in the order you have them rather than looking for each word individually. For example “Robert William Smith” or “Palmer’s Island”.