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Australia Project: Military and War Guidelines

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THIS IS CURRENTLY A DRAFT PAGE FOR DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY - Please contact Veronica Williams for more information.



These guidelines are for working on the profiles of men and women who served in the Australian Armed forces, and in the various wars that Australia has participated in.

If you are interested in working on profiles of people who served for Australia, you can also join the Anzacs Project.

Working on other people's profiles

Often the Military and War profiles in Australia are for people who lived in the recent past. They are people's parents, and grandparents, great uncles and aunts. Please be sensitive and don't make major changes to profiles, specifically adding or removing stickers, or making major edits to the biography, if the profile has a profile manager. Remember that the stickers on a profile and the biographical style is at the discretion of the profile manager.

Correcting suggestions, adding sources and categories, or connecting a profile to the global tree is fine. Otherwise, improving orphaned profiles, or profiles where the profile manager has added the profile to the Military profile improvement category is the way to go!!

Project Boxes

Most profiles in this category will not need project management. Only significant profiles, particularly Notables, that require management by the Australia Project will need a project box added. Contact Gillian Thomas if you have a profile that you think would be best managed by the Australia Project.


Stickers are added BELOW the ==Biography== heading. The use of all Military and War Stickers, including ANZAC stickers is at the discretion of the profile manager.

There are a range of stickers available to add to your profile including stickers for specific War Service, Roll of Honour stickers and the ANZAC sticker - see Military and War Categories and Stickers: Examples for Australian Profiles for help adding stickers to your profile. If the man or women served in more than one conflict then you can add stickers for each conflict. Add the Notables sticker as well if the person has their own Wikipedia page.

The Template:ANZAC gives the coding for the ANZACS stickers. Please ensure stickers are only added for the correct conflicts:

eg {{ANZAC|World War One}} adds the profile to the category Anzacs, World War I
... ... ... is an Anzac who served in World War One.

The term 'ANZAC' originally referred to A soldier serving with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during Word War One. This also extended to other joint Australian-New Zealand units, such as the unit formed to fight the Battle of Greece in World War Two. [1], although the team has taken on a wider meaning in popular usage over time.

In general, the Australia Project recommends usage of the ANZACs sticker/s be limited to those conflicts involving joint Australian-New Zealand units, specifically in World War One, and a few instances in World War Two and the Vietnam War.


The categories relevant to Australian Military Service are under these top level categories

Australia, Military History - the various conflicts eg World War I, Korean War, Colonial Military forces
Australian Defence Forces including:
Military Medals and Awards
Categories for War correspondents, Military chaplains, War widows and many others

Some categories are automatically added when you add a sticker - specifically the unit specified by the unit= paramater on the War Service sticker, the category incorporated in a Roll of Honour sticker, and the ANZAC category.

You may also want to add categories to cover other aspects of the person's military service, including:

Additional units that the man or woman served in
Battles that they fought in
War Grave / cemetery
Medals or Awards

If a category that you need isn't already set up, add it to the Australian Categories Waiting to be Added or Renamed|Categories Waiting to be Added or Renamed with a relevant profile to add the category to, and one of the categorization team will set it up correctly.


We aim to try to connect all profiles of Military personnel to the 'WikiTree Global tree'. Please help make the connection by adding additional family profiles!

Standards and Profile Improvement

Profiles should be developed using the agreed 'Australian Profile Standards'.

For information about appropriate sources, please refer to our Sources and Citation Examples Page.

Please firstly work on your own profiles to ensure that they meet these guidelines.

Don’t forget our 7 steps to profile improvement page for more ideas 7 steps to Profile Improvement.


You can find profiles already identified as needing improvement here.

To add military profiles to this category (orphaned or profiles you manage) type [[Category: Australia, Profile Improvement - Military]]


You can also find a list of useful Australian resources here. Please feel free to add other useful items to this list.


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Thanks, appreciate your advice G
posted by Geoffrey Raebel
Does thornley-200 qualify ? He never fired a shot in anger though he did bag a lot of ducks!

Geoff On 10th May 1918, Dick enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force to serve during the First World War that simply did not seem like coming to a conclusion. [3][4] He embarked with 150 reinforcements for the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment at Port Darwin on 14th September 1918, arriving at Suez on 19th October 1918. The 3rd Light Horse was a unit of the 1st Brigade, ANZAC Mounted Division. [5] Although the Armistice was signed on 11th November, newer members like Dick remained deployed to 'mop-up' and help put down a rebellion in Egypt. When the regiment departed for Australia in March 1919 Dick was posted to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. He embarked for the homeward voyage on 10th July 1919 and was demobilised upon reaching Australia, on 18th September 1919. Dick was awarded both the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his service.

posted by Geoffrey Raebel
Sorry I didn't see your message earlier Geoff but I cant see any reason why he wouldn't fit into this category. PS - My Dad had a Hillman too!
posted by Veronica (Coat) Williams
edited by Veronica (Coat) Williams
Yes, Geoff. He was an ANZAC, for the reasons you have outlined. When in doubt, check out Regards, Ken
posted by Kenneth Evans JP AMIAA