Find out about the history of your australian relatives in ww1

Compose a war diary
This site is dedicated to my Grandfather, who disappeared after returning from WWI. He fought for my freedom which I know does not come without cost. I am eternally grateful for his efforts and what he stood for. I love you Grandad, good on ya mate. FOR KING & COUNTRY. R.I.P. Albert Alfred Curry.

This is how I construct a Family War Diary.

A brief explanation is given below of what to do and how to achieve this goal.

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1. Items you may have
Many people will begin this process with Photographs, Medals, Stories or Miscellaneous Items handed down to them by relatives. These Items can give you a great deal more information than you first thought.

2. Obtain the Service Record
These are the first set of documents you need to start your research. The first step is to identify a person correctly and make sure you looking at the right service record. Service Records are now online to observe, review and print for free. The National Archives of Australia holds the originals in Canberra. Next learn the techniques of how to read and decipher them.

3. Check these Tables
From the Service Records you can then find the units they were in, look up battle dates and find the locations on the battle maps where they fought.

4. And these Web Sites
Type in any name of a village or battle location into the Picture Australia search engines. Photos from the (AWM) and other libraries can be printed for free or purchased. Official histories is like a dictionary or reference of Australians at war in WW1 and WW II. War graves will help you locate where a commonwealth soldier is buried. Red Cross Missing & Wounded gives soldiers reports on casualties they witnessed.

5. Compile the Facts to Create a War Profile
By using the information from Service Records against Battle Dates you get a better picture of when a soldier was in and out of the battlefield. A War Profile is a combination of all the facts and helps you quickly look at the big picture of a Soldiers life and what units you will need to look up.

6. Use War Profile to help research Unit War Diaries
These are the second set of documents you need to further your research on a soldier. Unit War Diaries gives a day-to-day account of what happened to that unit in a theatre of war. Now becoming online learn how to decipher the Appendixes, Read Trench Map Coordinates, Route Marches and more. With the use of Trench Maps and Google Earth you will be able to navigate the exact position of the unit on the battlefield. One day you might want to travel to the Western Front to visit and you will now exactly where to look.

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