The Shrine doesn't hold individual service records for members of Australian armed forces. Our limited archives do not focus on individual people or duplicate the work of other archives. Members of staff and volunteers can assist with general enquiries, but we are not resourced to allocate a member of staff to conduct research on your behalf. We suggest the following resources:
- Information about the Australian and Imperial honours and awards systems from the Boer War to present day. Identify medals in your possession. Click Imperial Awards on the menu to browse medals for the First and Second World War, up to 1975.
If you believe a relative was not issued a service award (medals) you may lodge a claim through the Department of Defence.
Replica medals can be purchased from our shop and worn on special ceremonial days like Anzac Day and Remembrance Day in recognition of another’s military service.
- currently serving and ex-service personnel wear their own medals on the left side of their chest above the heart
- medals awarded to another person are worn on the right side of the chest
Books in our Shop
The Shrine Shop stocks books that can help with research projects and best practice when caring for memorabilia.
More useful websites
- - lists the names and dates of all service men and women who left Australia
- - lists the names and dates of all Australians killed on active service
- - search for private records including photographs and letters
- online through the Australian War Memorial.
- Discovering Anzacs: Search the .
- - Search for information on Australians who served in the Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the First Gulf War.
- - Discover information on the different awards and medals given to Australian service men and women.
These links are provided information purposes only; their inclusion here does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Shrine of Remembrance of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organisation or individual. The Shrine of Remembrance bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links.
Reviewed 25 November 2020