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You can search Online Cenotaph for biographical and service details for more than 140,000 New Zealand service men and women from the 19th century till today, with a focus on the First and Second World Wars.

The biographies in Online Cenotaph have been built up over 18 years, from official military records, publications including newspapers and information provided by family members. The records are works in progress. Our aim is for the people of New Zealand to continue to add both official and personal details to records to pay tribute to those who have served this country in local and international conflicts.

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Begin your search with the person search by typing in the family name, first name and war or conflict of the person you are looking for. If you don't find your person, we suggest you use the first letter only of the first name, as official records have names entered in a variety of ways.

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Alternatively, you can begin your search on the browse page, where you can explore place names, wars and conflicts, and the family names held in Online Cenotaph.

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Use the custom search if you wish to find who in Online Cenotaph has information related to specific topics such as age, units, campaigns, troopships.

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Online Cenotaph uses the APA citation style when referencing sources of record pages.

We've put together a set of examples of the APA citation styles to help you reference your own sources.

Format Style Example
Book Author. (Year of publication). Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher. Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.
Journal article Author. (Year of publication). Title of article. Name of Publication, volume (issue), page numbers. Kuglin, H. (2013). Tracing the stories of New Zealanders at War. New Zealand Genealogist, v.44(340), 82-83.
Newspaper article (no author) Title of article. (Year, month and day of publication). Name of Publication, page number(s). New Zealand's Roll of Honour. (29 March 1917). Auckland Weekly News, p. 48
Newspaper article (one author) Author. (Year, month and day of publication). Title of article. Name of Publication, page number(s). Stone, A. (1 August 2014). Tunnellers first on Western Front. New Zealand herald, p. A9.
Manuscript / archival items Author. Item. Date. Name of Collection. Name of Repository, Place. (Code). Giddens, D. Papers relating to war service. (1940-1996). Auckland War Memorial Museum Library, Auckland. (MS 2002/156).
Web links Web page Author(s) / Organisation. (Publication date). Title of Web page. Retrieved from URL. Te Kawangatanga o Aotearoa. (2009). Paratene Anaru. Retrieved from
Maps Author. Title [format]. Edition. Scale. No. Place of publication: Publisher, Date. Survey Department. Chanak [Cannakale] [map]. (1:20,000.) Egypt: Survey Department.

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