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Online Cenotaph

How to contribute

Add your contribution about a service person's life

You can share your knowledge about a service person's life and help us improve Online Cenotaph by adding a brief contribution directly to that person's record page.

We're particularly interested in information about the person's war service, along with details about his or her civilian life, enlistment, and if relevant, demobbing and subsequent career, death and burial.

We welcome material provided by family members in particular, including digital copies of photos and documents relating to a service person's life and links to other relevant online resources.

To add to any service person's record page, simply scroll to the 'Add your contribution' section, click the 'contribute' button, and then follow the on-screen instructions. We ask for a little information about you, and also whether you would like your details published for other researchers with an interest in the same service person to contact you directly.

Contributing information about living service people

We are very keen to keep adding information about service people still living into Online Cenotaph. These records are clearly marked as a 'preliminary record' and only become bona fide Online Cenotaph records when we have confirmed the death of the individual.

Data entry form

If you don't wish to contribute your information online, you are welcome to download and fill in our contribution form. Save it to your computer, then email it to the Online Cenotaph team.

Email your information

Letters, diaries and photos

Letters, emails, diaries and photos are immensely important in telling the stories of New Zealand's service people. If you have this type of material, you can scan and upload it directly onto your service person's record as a JPEG image or a PDF document. Otherwise, please allow us to add it to Online Cenotaph. We will scan it and send it back to you along with a copy of the finished record for your inspection.

If you are sending us this type of content please include the service number of the person your information refers to. This is because the official records often have variations of the same name (e.g. Jack Smith, John Smith, J.A. Smith) and we do our best to keep the biographies connected.

Where possible, we would prefer the original photo or a good quality reprint. A good-quality photocopy would also be acceptable provided it is legible enough for us to transcribe. Please include as much information as you have about the photo or image, for example names, location, date, cemetery or memorial. If you are using a digital camera to photograph a grave or memorial, please use the camera's highest resolution and send the image to us in JPEG, or if possible, TIFF file format.

Scanning your letters and photos

Read our digitisation guidelines for help creating digital copies of your photos and documents.

Donating original items

The Museum Library is happy to discuss the donation of any of the original photos or documents. Contact the staff at the Pou Maumahara, Memorial Discovery Centre (at the address below) to discuss your donation in more detail.

Lay a poppy

Remember the service men and women who served for New Zealand Aotearoa by laying a poppy on Online Cenotaph. Find the service person by browsing or search Online Cenotaph the scroll to the 'Roll of Honour' section to lay your poppy. Poppies will display on the site for a year following each Anzac Day.

The 'Roll of Honour' section of an Online Cenotaph record page

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira.


Need more help?

Contact the Online Cenotaph team

Do you have questions about how best to contribute to Online Cenotaph? Would you like to request the creation of a new record? Contact our helpful staff in the Online Cenotaph team by phone, post, or email:

Pou Maumahara, Memorial Discovery Centre
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Private Bag 92018
Auckland
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 309 0443

Email the Online Cenotaph team