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NEW ZEALAND WW1 SOLIDERS

This index of 288,526 New Zealand First World War service personnel is a valuable tool for searching your family history if any of your ancestry involves the New Zealand military. It contains information from the following sources:

Nominal Rolls

These are the four volumes of the embarkation rolls of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1914-1919 produced by the Government Printer, Wellington. They cover both male and female service personnel. Further information on any particular entry can be obtained from the National Archives Wellington, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington www.archives.govt.nz

First Division Roll of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Reserve

The New Zealand Government created this list in September 1916. It includes men, natural-born British subjects, between 20 and 46 years of age, who are unmarried, or who married since 1st May 1915 and have no child under 16 by a previous marriage, or who are widowers with no children under 16, or who are divorced or judicially separated from their wives and have no children under 16 years of age.

Second Division Roll of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Reserve

The New Zealand Government created this list from August to October 1917. The classification is based on the number of children of a reservist:

• Class A - Reservists who have no children or who failed to provide adequate maintenance for their children
• Class B - Reservists who have one child
• Class C - Reservists who have two children
• Class D - Reservists who have three children
• Class E - Reservists who have four children
• Class F - Reservists who have five or more children

Native Reserve Lists

These lists are from the New Zealand Gazette 1918.

Military Defaulters List

This index was created from lists published in the New Zealand Gazettes of 1919 to 1921.

New Zealanders who served with the Australian Imperial Force

The Government Printer produced these nominal rolls in 1915 and 1916.

Guthrie Index

In 1996, Faye Guthrie of Victoria compiled from various lists held at National Archives Wellington an index of New Zealanders who served with British and other Forces. Later, more information came to hand and the names and regiments have been updated where possible. Therefore, the records will show the category as based on the Guthrie Index.

Smith Index

This index was created by Lt Col Neil C Smith of Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications, Melbourne from records held at Archives of the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Department of Defence Army Office of New Zealanders who served with the Australian Forces. There are similar entries to the NZ lists but also many additional entries.

Halpin Index

In 2002, John Halpin of Auckland undertook research at the Public Record Office (now The National Archives) in Kew, England and created an index of those New Zealanders who served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

British Section NZEF

The names of these soldiers are from an undated list held by the National Archives Wellington. The names are, as far as can be ascertained, those who enlisted in England and embarked for Egypt on 12th December 1914. Information about each person is from the National Archives Wellington, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington www.archives.govt.nz

Fijian Contingent

Christine Liava'a compiled this list of soldiers who left Fiji on 5th August 1918 per Talune for the Narrow Neck Camp, Devonport, Auckland. Information about each person is from the National Archives Wellington, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington www.archives.govt.nz

Roll Of Honour Section 3

These names are from Section 3 of the Roll of Honour, The Great War 1914-1918, published by W A G Skinner, Government Printer, 1924. It contains the names of those who died from accident occurring, or disease contracted, while training with or attached to the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces in New Zealand. Information about each person is from the National Archives Wellington, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington www.archives.govt.nz

Stock Index

Compiled by Terry Stock, these names are from various sources including New Zealand Archives and others researching military history. Information about each person is from the National Archives Wellington, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington www.archives.govt.nz.

Trooper F A Dellar on his mount, a typical New Zealand Trooper with the New Zealand Light Horse
Trooper F A Dellar on his mount, a typical New Zealand Trooper with the New Zealand Light Horse