Directorate of Research

Melbourne, VIC. 1944-11. Captain I. Leeson, bibliographical expert attached to the Directorate of Research, Land Headquarters.

In the preface to the first edition of his Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918, CEW Bean wrote:

“The more he saw and knew of the men and officers of the Australian Imperial Force the more fully did the writer become convinced that the only memorial which could be worthy of them was the bare and uncoloured story of their part in the war.”

This vision has been fundamental to the development of the RSL Virtual War Memorial. We encourage you to use the resources supplied on these pages to help us tell the story of every man and woman who has served Australia, so that they may be preserved and shared.

These resources will help you to ensure that every profile completed increases the body of knowledge about the individual and personal experience of war.


This page will help you take the first steps into researching and creating a profile for an individual.

How-To Guides to Research

These resources will assist you with researching a serviceman or servicewoman, finding photographs, and writing a biographies and personal stories.

Home Page Archives

A repository of the short articles, which have graced the homepage of the RSL Virtual War Memorial since ANZAC Day, 2015.

Resource Library

This is a repository of longer articles and ePublications from various authors, in addition to digitised personal diaries detailing inviduals' experiences in conflict.

Key Research Links

The list of links to the right will take you to a wide range of excellent websites to help you with your research.