World War 2 Service Records

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission does not store the military records for the Second World War.

We hold records relating to the commemoration of our casualties; these include grave registration forms, war cemetery and memorial registers and headstone schedules. You can find digital versions of these documents on a casualty’s record page on our site.

Our World War Two war records also include military detail, such as regiment, date of death, service number and place of commemoration. Where possible we also include their age, date of birth and next-of-kin information. Some casualties also include additional citations where further information has been made publicly available.

World War 2 medals

World War 2 military records

United Kingdom forces: United Kingdom World War service records are still held by the Ministry of Defence as they remain confidential. You may apply for a copy if you are the next-of-kin of a service person who has died. Application forms are available online.

Australian forces: Australian World War Two military records are held by National Archives of Australia.

Canadian forces: Canadian World War Two service records are held by Library and Archives Canada.

New Zealand forces: New Zealand World War Two military records are held by the New Zealand Defence Force.

South African forces: World War Two soldier records for South African forces are held by the SA National Defence Force. Military Historical Services can be contacted at sandfdoc@mweb.co.za

Indian forces: Guidance for locating Indian Second World War records can be found here.

World War 2 medal records

United Kingdom forces: The London Gazette published official lists of recipients of gallantry awards. For some medals, they also provided the citation, a description of the act for which the award was made.

Indexes were prepared by the different services to record the medal entitlement of their personnel. Some of these documents for the First World War can be searched and viewed online, either through The National Archives website or one of the online genealogy sites.

Australian forces: Australian World War Two medal records provided by Australian Government Department of Defence.

Canadian forces: Canadian World War Two medal records provided by Veterans Affairs Canada.

New Zealand forces: New Zealand World War II medal records provided by the New Zealand Defence Force.

South African forces: South African World War Two medal records provided by the SA Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans.

Indian forces: Indian World War Two medal records provided by the Ministry of Defence Medal Office.