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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


World War I

World War I (1914–18) was essentially a conflict between the great powers of Europe. Australia participated in the war as a result of its place in the British Empire. Members of Australia's armed forces – serving with the First Australian Imperial Force and Royal Australian Navy – served in New Guinea, the Middle East, Gallipoli and Western Europe. Almost 35,000 South Australians enlisted in the services during World War I, and 30,000 served overseas. More than 5000 South Australians died during the conflict.

Records for the 370,000 Australians who served in the First Australian Imperial Force are held by the Archives. Service cards are also held for those who served with the Royal Australian Navy.

Selected series relating to World War I and South Australia
Canberra
Army
Recorded by: Australian Imperial Force, Base Records Office
First Australian Imperial Force personnel dossiers, 1914–20 B2455
Melbourne
Recorded by: Australian Imperial Force, Base Records Office
Applications to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915–18 MT1486/1
Canberra
Recorded by: Headquarters, 4 Military District, Commonwealth Military Forces, Keswick, South Australia
First Australian Imperial Force army pay files, 1914–23 D2994
Canberra
Royal Australian Navy
Recorded by: Navy Office, Department of the Navy
Service cards for navy officers, 1911–70 A6769
Service cards for petty officers and sailors, 1911–70 A6770
Selected items relating to World War I and South Australia
Canberra
World War I service file – Arthur Percy Sullivan, 1914–20 B2455, SULLIVAN ARTHUR PERCY
Melbourne
History of the War – South Australia, 1916–21 MP341/1, 1923/7454
South Australia – register of war graves, 1931–32 B1535, 746/8/421
Adelaide
List of Postmaster-General's employees killed or wounded during World War I, 1923 D958, S1923/3155

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War service