A number of years ago I got the records for my grandfather (Sgt Alan Milne, 10th Light Horse) and my father (Sgt Douglas Bertram Milne, 16 Battalion).

Both records are very difficult to read and only gives limited information.

I could find what ship my grandfather was sent over on and that he had some R&R in the UK - that's about it.

With my father I read that he lost his medals in 1946 and was issued with new ones.

Where do I find if they served in other units and where they served?



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Comment by Debra on May 18, 2013 at 22:58

Hi Bryan,

I don't know what the records are that you already have but your grandfather's WW1 service record is digitised and available to view through RecordSearch.  It is quite comprehensive and gives a full record of service.  Just go to http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx and "Begin your Search", then just search for his name.  Here is a shortcut :>)   http://dhistory.org/archives/naa/items/7980184/

Is this the correct person?  If so, he appears to have also enlisted for WW2, and there are also other document references.

Some of the handwriting is very difficult to read and the terminology can be unfamiliar.  Try transcribing as much as you can and then you can perhaps come back and ask for help with anything you can't make out.

Your father's records are not digitised but you can purchase a copy.  Again, just search for his name, click on the "control symbol" link on the results page, then 'request a copy' over on the top right of the page.

Here is a link to an example of a WW2 service record (my grandfather) to see if this is what you already have.  It contains his attestation papers, service record, discharge papers and photographs http://dhistory.org/archives/naa/items/4910039/



Comment by Tonia (from NAA) on May 22, 2013 at 22:44

Hi Bryan

The service records should provide all of the information regarding the different units your relatives served in.  Debra has provided great advice above on how to view your grandfather's WWI service record and how to purchase a copy of any records you may not have.

If you want more detailed information on where the different units went during the war and what action they were involved in, you may be interested in the unit diaries held by the Australian War Memorial.  Many of these diaries have been digitised and are available online.  

WWI diaries: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awm4/

WWII diaries: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awm52/



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