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A memorial resource for the nation
He Pou Maumahara Pakanga ā-motu

A national initiative, Online Cenotaph is a biographical database that allows researchers, enthusiasts, and veterans and their families to explore, contribute to, and share the records and stories of those who served for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Developed since 1996 by Auckland War Memorial Museum in association with Manatū Taonga the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and with content gathered over more than two decades, Online Cenotaph pulls together information relating to individual service people from a wide range of sources—military and other government records, newspapers, and other documentary evidence, as well as information from families and community groups. Eventually, the database will contain a record for every person who has served for our country.

A record of those who served for Aotearoa New Zealand
He tikanga whakapūmau maumahara mo Aotearoa

Online Cenotaph primarily focuses on the people who served in Armed and ancillary support services in wars in which New Zealand had official involvement, up to our involvement in Afghanistan.

© Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Your place for stories and commemoration
He wāhi tuku iho a ngā kōrero Maumahara Pakanga

Anyone can share their knowledge of a serviceperson's life by adding a contribution directly to that person's page. Online Cenotaph encourages the contribution of information, documents and photos, as well as personal stories that portray the experiences of New Zealand service personnel. We are very keen for service people to add their own information as well.
You can also remember someone who served by laying a poppy on their page. Find the serviceperson and click “lay a poppy”. Poppies will display on the site until Anzac Day. 

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Get started 
Me Tīmata

Begin now by browsing our records by place, conflict, or family name. You can also build your own custom search relating to your research questions.

Need more help? Read our research help page for tips and advice on how to get the most out of Online Cenotaph.

Help us enhance Online Cenotaph
Me whakahōhonu He Toa Taumata Rau

If you discover a connection with someone listed in Online Cenotaph, you can enhance their record by submitting new information.

Learn how to contribute