Australian Imperial Force – Embarkation Nominal Roll WWI

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This roll contains records of personnel within units and reinforcements of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as they embarked from Australia for overseas service during the First World War. Just prior to leaving the men and women would complete the embarkation form providing a useful summary of personal information including next of kin details. The date of joining recorded refers to the date on which the soldier joined the unit, which was not necessarily the date they joined the Australian Imperial Force itself.

The printed rolls were taken from these completed forms and are usually referred to as ‘embarkation rolls’, or ‘nominal rolls as at embarkation’. It’s not clear when the process of printing these rolls began but a Defence Department report c1919 notes that the ‘printing of the rolls was steadily progressing’.


Period covered: 1914-1918

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • surname
  • first name(s)
  • service number
  • rank
  • unit
  • trade
  • home town
  • next of kin
  • date joined
  • date embarked
  • embarkation ship

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: These records are held in various archives and libraries throughout Australia including the Australian War Memorial and National Archives.

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