Topic: How to Find a New Zealand WWI Soldier or Nurse

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How to Find a New Zealand WWI Soldier or Nurse was part of a teacher resource pack about World War I sent to the schools in the Tauranga area in 2015.

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More than 100,000 people enlisted in New Zealand during the First World War. Some were volunteers and others were conscripted. Many New Zealanders will have a soldier in their family and some will have several. A few will have a nurse who served, though this is far less common with only 550 New Zealand nurses serving overseas with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service. (This does not include New Zealand women already overseas who joined other nursing services).

If you don’t have a service number a good place to start looking for your soldier or nurse is the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database at:

Digitised personnel files are the most useful source for finding out details about your First World War soldier or nurse. They are held by Archives New Zealand, and can usually be viewed on their Archway database, Archives New Zealand:

If your soldier or nurse died in the war then you can locate where they are buried on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website:

Perhaps your soldier or nurse was mentioned in their local newspaper? You can search newspapers all around the country at Papers Past:


Other useful sites to gather more information on your soldier or nurse include:

Australian Service Records:

More Australian Records:

British Records:

Christchurch City Libraries:

General information:

New Zealand Archives:

Te Ara:

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