The following profiles have been highlighted by the National Archives. Use the search field or filter by category to learn about the individuals who enlisted.

  • Original grave of Fr Michael Bergin SJ (Irish Jesuit Archives: IJA/CHP1/7/11)
    Michael Bergin Michael Bergin

    Michael Bergin, an Irish Jesuit priest and chaplain for the 51st Battalion, is one of the most prominent members of the Australian Imperial Force to never actually set foot on Australian territory. He attested and enlisted in Anzac Cove, Turkey, and developed a strong relationship with the soldiers, who...

  • A studio portrait of Sister Rachael Pratt taken in about 1918.
    Rachael Pratt Rachael Pratt

    Rachael Pratt was an experienced nurse when she enlisted with the Australian Army Nursing Service in May 1915. The war changed her life forever.

  • Studio portrait of the Pepper family, Courtesy of the Watkins family.
    Percy Pepper Percy Pepper

    Studio portrait of the Pepper family, circa 1912. Back (left to right): Dora and Percy with Sam; front: Gwendoline, Alice, Sarah, Lucy and Phillip. Lucy and Percy’s youngest daughter, Lena, was born in 1915.

  • Eric Norman Webb [left]
    Eric Norman Webb Eric Norman Webb

    Eric Norman Webb first appears in Commonwealth records as a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911–13 as chief magnetician.

  • Lancelot Eldin de Mole - Service number 7478
    Lancelot Eldin de Mole Lancelot Eldin de Mole

    Lancelot Eldin de Mole’s patent record extends back to 1902, when he first submitted a design for an improved telephone exchange to the Patent Office.

  • Courtesy of
    John Gurner Burnel John Gurner Burnel

    Military Cross – ‘For conspicuous gallantry during operations. After the capture of enemy trenches he, on his own initiative and by himself, carried out a most risky reconnaissance.’

  • Claude Stanley Wilson
    Claude Stanley Wilson Claude Stanley Wilson

    Not all members of the AIF were able to stay out of trouble with their superiors during their stint in the war. This is unsurprising considering the volunteer nature...

  • Henry Pickerill
    Henry Percy Pickerill Henry Percy Pickerill

    Henry Pickerill was a pioneer surgeon in the treatment of facial and jaw injuries. He established a unit for the treatment of these injuries at the No. 2 New Zealand General Hospital, where he achieved remarkable results for the treatment of horrific wounds. His ground-breaking work resulted in the award of an OBE in 1919.

  • Herbert S[c]anlon, 27 August 1915, Seymour, Victoria
    Herbert Scanlon Herbert Scanlon

    Seventeen-year-old Herbert Scanlon lied about his age, next-of-kin and name to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in 1915 as Herbert Sanlon.

  • David Gallaher - Second Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment.
    David Gallaher David Gallaher

    Long before he enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Sergeant David (‘Dave’) Gallaher found fame representing New Zealand in international rugby.

  • William George Malone
    William George Malone William George Malone

    Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone died leading his men on one of the most critical days of the Gallipoli campaign.

  • General Sir John Monash
    John Monash John Monash

    John Monash was one of Australia’s most distinguished soldiers, and was broadly regarded as the greatest living Australian of his time.

  • "Eternity" - Sydney pavements
    Arthur Malcolm Stace Arthur Malcolm Stace

    Sydney’s famous 'Eternity Man' – Arthur Stace – served for three years in the First World War.

  • 132 Herbert Cornelius Bourne
    Herbert Bourne Herbert Bourne

    Herbert Bourne's family always lived in the shadow of World War I. His Repatriation files record in extensive detail that he had poor health for the rest of his life.

  • Portion of the letter Vivian wrote to the repatriation authorities
    Vivian Williscroft Vivian Williscroft

    In August 1937 Mrs Daisy Williscroft wrote to the Repatriation authorities in Hobart for help with her husband Vivian.

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