When a person who served in New Zealand Forces has died, and their record has not yet been digitised, there is an address you can write away to to obtain a copy of their file. You do need to provide evidence of their death (usually death certificate of funeral notice) if their death is not already recorded on file.
Enquiries about deceased former servicemen and women
Anyone can request the service records of deceased former service personnel, whether it is for a research project, your family history or your personal interest.
You can request a copy of a deceased person’s service record by writing to us at NZDF Archives.
Please note that if the person concerned died after leaving the services this fact may not be recorded on their file. In such cases you will need to send us some form of evidence that they are deceased. This could be a copy of a death certificate, newspaper death notice, funeral service sheet or photograph of the headstone. It will save time if you send us this information with your initial request.
If you request a copy of a single military service file within a 12-month period the copy will be provided free of charge.