Anzac History- Tracing Our Ancestors

My class are currently preparing speeches for the annual local speech competition. One of the topics asks students to talk about a family member who went to WW1.

Here are a couple of websites we have been using to research these family members:

http://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/

http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph

http://www.cwgc.org/

Archway Archives provides digital copies of service records (apparently my great-great uncle was punished for being ‘inappropirately dressed’ during parade).

The Auckland War Museum’s online cenotaph includes some photographs, as well as details such as burial locations for those who lost their lives overseas. Additionally, this resource can be added to by the public. One of my favourite details is that you can lay a virtual poppy in remembrance.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is a database of, as can be expected, the locations of graves of Commonwealth soldiers (not just those from New Zealand).

In most cases, all you need to access the information held by these websites is the full name of the soldier you are searching for.

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