How-To Guides: Research & Writing

Writing Home

Harefield, England. A patient in his bed at No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital writing letters home.

The documents on this page are designed to help you find out more about your "person of interest". They will guide you through the process of researching an individual, finding photographs and writing about their life and service in the forms of biographies and personal stories.

They can be downloaded and printed for your convenience.


Researching a Person - World War I

Researching a Person - World War II

Finding Photographs

Using Trove

Abbreviations and Glossary

Reading a Service Record - World War I

Reading a Service Record - World War II


Writing a Biography

       Example Biography

Writing Personal Stories       

        Example Personal Story - Select the "Personal Stories" tab

Adding information to the Virtual War Memorial

Guide to Building a Profile

Other useful links

SA Records - Soldier Settlement