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South Australians of World War 1 : Share their story: Finding a person

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B46130_498 Unidentified Soldiers

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Heroes of the Great War Indexing Project

Over a number of years a dedicated team of staff at the State Library of South Australia have undertaken a project to index photographs, death notices and in memoriam notices of South Australia's First World War soldiers.  This has lead to a collection of over 30,000 references to notices published in the South Australian newspaper The Chronicle between 1915 and 1919 under various headings including 'Heroes of the Great War', 'Heroes of the Empire', 'Died on Active Service' and ‘Biographical’.  The notices were placed by friends and relatives of service personnel who died, or were wounded, or were decorated during World War I. Some references include portraits.

Some newspaper printing errors have been corrected using official sources.

To locate a South Australian soldier in this database, type in their surname and an initial in the subject field of the catalogue.

To find articles about Australia's World War One soldiers in various digitised newspapers, why not go to the National Library's Trove website.  Here is a link to their website under the search title 'Heroes of the Empire'.

Finding a person using SLSA resources

These resources are only available for use onsite. However, if you are unable to come into the Library you can use our Ask Us service. The Ask Us service enables you to submit questions to our librarians who will attempt to provide you with helpful information. The basic research service is free although there are charges for copying.

You can start your search onsite using Digging for diggers: a guide to researching an Australian soldier of the Great War, 1914-1918.

Finding a person using online resources