Project: Anzacs

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Welcome to the ANZAC Project

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This project is for those who have WikiTree profiles of Australians and New Zealanders who were ANZACs. ANZAC is the acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, which was formed early in the First World War. Its name was given to the cove at the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, where the corps landed and over 10,000 lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign from April to December 1915. Following the evacuation of Gallipoli, the combined nation component of ANZAC became the First ANZAC Corps ( I ANZAC); later changing to II ANZAC when the New Zealand Division was re-located. These corps fought on the Western Front; in France and Belgium. The ANZAC Mounted Division, comprised of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade, 2nd Australian Light Horse Brigade and New Zealand Light Mounted Rifles, fought in the Middle East from 1916 to 1918. For some six weeks, during the Greece - Crete Campaign of April - May 1941, Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought side-by-side as the ANZAC Corps. Not very well known, No. 455 Squadron (RAAF) and No. 489 Squadron (RNZAF) were known as ANZAC Wing during the first half of 1944; tasked with conducting operations to keep German vessels clear of the English Channel during the build-up to, and conduct of, the D-Day landings. During the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, three Australian infantry battalions each included two New Zealand companies, making them the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment / NZ (ANZAC), 4 RAR / NZ (ANZAC), and 6 RAR / NZ (ANZAC); truly ANZACs.

Growing the trees of ANZACs and building thorough biographies and profiles is but part of this project; much of that comes under other Military & War Projects, namely The Great War 1914-1918 Project, World War Two Project, Korean War Project, and Vietnam War Project. The ANZACs military service not only defined their lives and later contribution to society, but collectively has also been a significant influence on Australian and New Zealand society, culture, and national identity. The main aim of this project is to commemorate the The ANZAC Spirit: Aussies and Kiwis displaying the qualities of gallantry, perseverance, resilience and selflessness, their soldiers exemplified firstly on the battlefields of Gallipoli. To put it another way, recording the units, battles, and rolls of honour fulfills the other M&W Projects; recording the experiences, hopes, fears, etc, in the midst of chaos and bloodshed will highlight that ANZAC Spirit. In this way, the ANZAC Project is able to reach beyond the actual ANZACs, to include those Aussies and Kiwis who have served in theatres beyond the ANZACs; the sailors, airmen, nurses, non-combatants, and those who did not see action.

ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand is held on the 25th April, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces together during the First World War, and is arguably Australia and New Zealand's most well-known national occasion and the only circumstance where two sovereign nations share the one commemoration. It is today the most well-known of the annual memorial days – Boer War Day (Sunday prior to 31st May), Remembrance Day (11th November; formerly Armistice Day), Kapyong Day (23rd April), and Vietnam Veterans Day (18th August; formerly Long Tan Day) – that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand military personnel from all wars. The symol of ANZAC remembrance is rosemary. The Flanders poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day (originally called Armistice Day).

a sprig of rosemary; the symbol of ANZAC remembrance


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ANZACs of Interest

Each week, or as regularly as we are able, we will highlight an ANZAC of Interest on WikiTree G2G. If you have a nomination (must have a bio built, including immediate family, and be connected) please send it to Ken Evans:

Our Progress

Although our ANZACs Project members are listed on a separate page, beside your name below (now sorted alphabetically for ease of location), please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project and regularly update. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration amongst the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (eg. on vacation), please note that here. Thanks!

  • Dee Baker - adding my great grandfather and great great uncle as ANZACs in WW1.
  • Thomas Buckingham - Adding My great/great great grandfathers who fought in ww1 and ww2 and also great/great great uncles.
  • Mary Bugg - currently researching and updating profiles for extended family members who served in World War 1.
  • Harold Cislowski - Interested in learning more and promoting a WW1 VC winner from Mont St Quientin (a cousin's great uncle)
  • Margaret Cranley - working on a number of ANZACS in my own and my extended family trees that I have adopted
  • Diane Darcy - My grandfather and his two brother's served with the AIF during World War I and my father served with the AIF during World War II. I am interested in adding all my extended family and other profiles that I may work on who have served their country during the Wars.
  • Irene Dillon - Currently adding names of extended family, firstly in World War I, then moving on to World War II followed by family who served in the Boer War.
  • Michael Dufty - Entering details of some relatives who served in Gallipoli
  • Ken Evans - whilst adding as many profiles from the First World War as I can, I am working on connecting army generals (will get to navy and air force), military chaplains, army nurses, war correspondents & artists, and military decorations, especially the Victoria Cross as part of the Military & War Project. I have also ensured profiles have been created for every person listed on the Beaudesert War Memorial, Queensland (my local area but none from my family) and am now connecting them. I am monitoring that the ANZAC pages and Australian / New Zealand Defence Force categories do not duplicate or overlook any genealogically-relevant issues.
  • Terry Gill - Currently adding names to family tree
  • Thomas Heath - Adding profiles of the three family members who served in the New Zealand military during WWII and the one family member who served in the New Zealand military during WWI.
  • Karen Heenan-Davies Researching two Heenan soldiers killed in WW1 to add to the Everyone Remembered website
  • Coral Blackwell Jones - Have been working on my services relatives for some time and thought I might be able to lend a hand with this project when I get some free time
  • Cara Kajewski - Adding my Great Uncle and Grandfather as ANZACs in WW2
  • Peter Knowles - Currently reviewing older profiles for war service not yet entered.
  • Rhonda Lucas - Adding Anzac profiles to my existing profiles.
  • Shoshanah Luckie - Adding profiles of family and family friends who served in World Wars 1 and 2.
  • Neil McNicol - just a 'newb' on wikitree, but intend to research and update profiles of extended family who served in WW1.
  • Carol Ann Mason - Adding names of extended family who served in World War I and World War II.
  • Liz Newport - Currently adding names to extended family
  • Mel Paul Currently finalising research for the eldest son of James John Pye. I have not yet created a profile for him, but have complete profiles for his siblings. Still needing to complete research for a couple of other Pye boys (cousins to Alfred). Recently completed research and profile for Norman Worsley Richardson, but have other family members noted for research and profile creation. (Updating this will require my older-than-dirt brain to remember to come and actually do it.)
  • David Pryde - Being new I am adding my family as fast as possible so that I can get my Anzacs identified and recognised.
  • Paula Ann Hawkins Reinke Currently researching and updating extended family, close relatives, and adding Veteran's who served in military.
  • Mark Rogers - Currently adding names of extended family
  • Graeme Rose - Learning to use tables in profiles. It just takes practice.
  • Brian Rule - currently adding anzac profiles for extended family and close relatives
  • Faye Stent - currently adding anzac profiles for extended family and close relatives
  • Gillian Thomas - Focusing on WW1, as I come across relatives that were veterans.
  • Jeff Thomas -- Identifying relatives who served in NZ forces during WW1 and WW2
  • Kathy Thompson - Sorting out direct line profiles, and adding connections to those relations who served in WW1 and WW2.
  • Lianne Trevarthen - I have added a couple already from my extended family tree, and have several others to add once I have their profiles sorted. More served in Gallipoli in my wider family than I realised, and a couple that served in both wars.
  • Lauren W - Currently adding all ANZACS in the profiles I manage
  • John Walker - Entering data of tree relatives that have military records and currently working out how to cite naa records.
  • Veronica Williams - planning to add profiles of my 4 known WWI Anzacs on my maternal side, but am travelling overseas at the moment so it may take time. Will actually be at Gallipoli early November! Think I have a few more for WWII on the paternal side too.
  • Jennifer Wilson -
  • Tony Woods - I'm adding details to profiles I encounter in other Project research and trying to ensure our ex-service men & women are correctly represented.
  • Terry Wright - Currently adding information on some of my WW11 Diggers
  • Gail James- my father profile has his info served in WWll and name of POW Camp information will be adding 9 more uncles who served 8 WWll 1 WWl

Of which all were from the Far North, served in A Coy and 1 in B Coy

Project Stickers

... ... ... is an Anzac who served in World War One.
... ... ... is an Anzac who served in World War Two.
... ... ... is an Anzac who served in the Vietnam War.

Adding the relevant ANZAC Sticker to the soldier's profile will automatically add him, or her, to the Category page:
{{ANZAC|World War One}}

{{ANZAC|World War Two}}

{{ANZAC|Vietnam War}}

... ... ... is an Anzac who served in World War One.

Personalise the Sticker for the relevant country by adding ether AU or NZ, for example
{{ANZAC|World War One|NZ}}

Project pages

  • Australian Army Generals is the start of recognising our nations' senior military personnel. New Zealand's generals, and then admirals and air marshals need to be started.
  • Second World War, 1 Corps was re-named ANZAC Corps only for the six-week duration of the Greece-Crete Campaign of April-May 1941, involving elements of the Australian 6th and 7th Divisions and New Zealand Division. In addition, and not very well known, No. 455 Squadron (RAAF) and No. 489 Squadron (RNZAF) were known as ANZAC Wing during the first half of 1944; tasked with conducting operations to keep German vessels clear of the English Channel during the build-up to, and conduct of, the D-Day landings.
  • Vietnam War, the ANZACs of the Vietnam War were the members of the combined battalions, 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment / NZ (ANZAC), 4 RAR / NZ (ANZAC), and 6 RAR / NZ (ANZAC).
  • Badges: A list of badges you can add to left hand side of your ANZAC Profiles compiled by Terry Wright

Category pages

Wikitree Roll of Honor pages

  • Wikitree Roll of Honor - The Wikitree Roll of Honor Page is a page to add Military Personnel from any country and any war there are links on this page to Killed in Action,Prisonor of War,Wounded in Action and Missing in Action pages there are also links to various Medal pages

Related external websites

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