I'm looking for an enlistment photograph of my grandfather, who was killed during WW1. I've been told that photos taken of soldiers on enlistment are held in the archives, but despite spending a very long time doing numerous searches, I've had no luck. Would anyone please be able to give me some advice on how to find this photo - none exist in the family, and I'd love to know what he looked like. Many thanks.

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Comment by Debra on January 18, 2018 at 10:13

Hi Berrie,

Photographs of WW1 soldiers were not kept by the army/government, perhaps the person who told you that is thinking of WW2.  You may find a photo in the collection of the AWM if it has been donated or is a part of collections that they have acquired.


If he enlisted in  Queensland  or Tasmania they are digitising items in their collection which include WW1 soldier photos, and you can search Trove.

If you can give us his name and regimental number perhaps it will be easier to advise you.


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