Discover if your Australian ancestors were Anzacs who fought and died in WW1. The All Australia Memorial was published after the war and contains war stories and biographical details of those who died in service between August 1914 and December 1918. Also find details of friends and families who served together.
The amount of information can vary but you can find out the following about your ancestor:
Date of death
Age at death
Cause of death
Details of war service
Details of family and friends in service
Details of surviving family
The All Australia Memorial also includes a considerable amount of more general information including details of the various awards, photographs of memorials and home coming celebrations.
During and following the First World War there were a number of editions of the All Australia Memorial were published for three states – New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
The Memorial contains not only details of Australians who died in the war but also a detailed account of the Great War from an Australasian perspective with thousands of photographs.
The book is divided into four parts, after an introduction.
Part I: Exploits of the Anzacs - a historical account (Begins on page 26)
Part II : ANZAC Honoured dead – With full details of those who died. (Begins on page 265)
Part III : Australia’s Fighting Families – A biographical record of service accompanied by hundreds of photographs of Australia’s fighting men, including details of friends in service and families with more than two members at the front. (Begins on page 293)
Part IV : Regimental Register – A list of the main units of the Australian Imperial and Naval and Military Expeditionary Forces from the official embarkation lists, and covering the period of the tropical, Egyptian and Galliipoli campaigns. (Begins on page 373)
The All Australia Memorial is shown in PDF format. Searching for your ancestor is therefore rather different from searching through our other record sets. All search results will bring you straight to the page on which your search word has been found. We’ve included a few tips to help you with this Text search feature.
Text search is a direct search only. It will only search for the exact search or phrase you write in the search field with no variations in spelling.
To search for your ancestor by name you will have to search for the name as it appears in the book. Since military listings often use initials then it is worth trying a text search for your ancestor’s name in this format. So, if you were looking for a Bobby Bill Smith you might first look for Robert William Smith and then for R. W. Smith.
You can use inverted commas to group together groups of words or full names you are searching for. For example “Australia’s Fighting Families” or “Robert William Smith”.
Please note that in dates the month is often abbreviated so instead of searching for August 1917 you would search for Aug 1917.