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Often this is the only official documentation about a person who served in the armed forces.
The content of service records and the amount of detail varies with each conflict.
Your local library might have them or be able to order them for you on interlibrary loan.
It remembers their sacrifice as the 1915 Gallipoli landing, also referred to as the battle of Anzac Cove, resulted in a great loss of life.
The most useful military record for family history is the personal service record or file.
These files document an individual’s military career.
These online resources provide information about men and women who served in the Australian armed forces.
Some of the resources focus specifically on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Records in the National Archives are available to the public if the records are more than 20 years old, called ‘the open period’. For more information see: You can find out more about what your family member did in the armed services by looking at other records held by the War Memorial.
For example, war diaries recorded the daily activities of Australian Army units and can provide more details about your family member’s movements during the war.
Some war diaries and other records are digitised and available online on the War Memorial website.
Buckingham Palace confirmed Harry, whose first child is due any day now, would gather with his sister-in-law Kate on Thursday at midday to honour the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand forces.
Harry and Kate will be joined by the Queen's cousin the Duke of Gloucester, for the annual Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving. This year it falls on a Thursday and will be the 103rd anniversary of the Anzac landing in Gallipoli in 1915.