I would like to find my father's service record (he is deceased) to confirm if I am entitled to his medals.  My mother is deceased, I am his eldest Son.


Help to find this information and my entitlement to his medals.

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Hi John

You can search for your father's service record using our database - the names of all people who served in the Defence forces in WWI and WWII have all been listed. 

1. Go to http://naa.gov.au/collection/using/search/, click on the 'NameSearch' tab and enter your father's family name. 

2. Select the category of records you are looking for from the drop down box. and click search. 

3. If you have a reasonably common name that retrieves a lot of search results, you will be given an option to refine your search, using either given names or service number. 

4. If you would like to purchase a copy of the record, click on the 'Request copy' button and follow the prompts.  If you see an icon that looks like a document - it means there is already a digital copy of the record available for the item - just click on the icon to see the real thing!

Alternatively, if you are looking for records from another conflict, you can submit a reference inquiry using the form at http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/forms/fam-inquiry.aspx and we will request the records on your behalf from Defence if they are in the open access period (see fact sheet 10 http://naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs10.aspx).

You can get information about medal entitlements from:

Defence Honours and Awards T–1–49, Department of Defence
Canberra ACT 2600
NAA staff


Hi John

It has been brought to my attention that the Department of Defence only award replacement medals to the service personnel who were awarded them.  They will be able to advise you which medals your father was entitled to and then you can purchase replica medals from a medals dealer or a commercial military memorabilia outlet.

For more information about the Department of Defence's replacement medal policy, please see http://www.defence.gov.au/medals/Content/+050%20Honours%20Policy/+0...





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