NZDF Personnel Files
Archives New Zealand holds the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Personnel Files for all known New Zealanders who served in the First World War. Because the original files are restricted for preservation reasons, we have digitised the collection (over 140,000 individual records). These digital versions are open to view and download.
The records contain information of interest to personal and professional researchers alike, such as a person’s movements, promotions or punishments, what medals they received, their health, and other biographical information.
If you are interested in finding out more about the First World War try one of these resources as a starting point for your research. We also offer a war research guide for more comprehensive research of our holdings.
- New Zealand Unit War Diaries - a collection of unit war diaries
- Passchendaele Casualty Forms - a collection of Active Service - Fatal Casualty Forms of the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1914 - 1918
- Alexander Mee – an online exhibition documenting the World War I Service of Private Alexander Mee through his Will, Service File, War Diary and Letters to Jessie, his wife – there are digital images of these archives as well as transcripts. The Archives are held in our Dunedin Regional Office.
- Research WW1 Soldiers - for guidance about researching WW1 soldiers
- WW100 - managed by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, this website has information about WW100 centenary projects, events and activities, a timeline, and more…
- WW100 Facebook - WW100 facebook page with content from Archives New Zealand
- National Library WW1 Research Guide - Alexander Turnbull & National Library WW1 Research guide
- WW100 Sites & Sources - a comprehensive list of sites and sources for learning about the history of the First World War from a New Zealand perspective, and the role your family members might have played in it
- The Great War Stories - a history of New Zealand and the First World War
- Cenotaph Database - the Cenotaph database holds a basic record for most of the soldiers in WW1
- Personal War Diaries - the National Library have digitised many of the personal diaries of service personnel, and you can now read them – and a blog about their digitisation – online.
- Papers Past - Papers Past contains more than three million pages of New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 83 publications from all regions of New Zealand.
- Regimental Histories - Match a person's movements with the official regimental histories which have been digitised and made available online through Victoria University.
- @ArchivesNZ on Twitter - Join the conversation through our Twitter channel.