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Memento : Issue 22
5 january 2003 memento ver one million Australians who served in World War II have been listed on a WW II Nominal Roll website, launched at the Archives on 6 November 2002 by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon. Danna Vale MP. Created by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the WW II Nominal Roll com- memorates those who served their country during this conflict. The roll will be an invaluable tool for students, researchers and families. Information for the roll was collected from the original service records of people who served in Australia's armed forces and the Merchant Navy during World War II. The roll includes details such as their service number, date of birth, locality on enlistment and rank on discharge. The actual records were transferred to the Archives under a historic agreement with the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The transfer of more than 1.3 million records was a mammoth task, and included treatment to preserve them and des- cription on our RecordSearch database. The WW II Nominal Roll can be found at www.ww2roll.gov.au. The original records can be viewed in our Canberra reading room. Photocopies are available for a fee via our mail order service, and digital copies can also be arranged. For more information on how to access these records, visit our website at www.naa.gov.au/the_collection/defence/ conflicts/ww2/ww2.html or telephone 1300 886 881 to speak to a reference officer. Looking at the WW II Nominal Roll (from left to right) are Tom Morris (veteran and former prisoner of war), Danna Vale (Minister for Veterans' Affairs), Madeline and Abbey Higginson (Tom Morris's granddaughters), General Peter Cosgrove (Chief of the Australian Defence Force), and Ian Cartwright (Director of Nominal Rolls, Defence Links branch, Veterans' Affairs).