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What is the Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War?
The Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean war was created to honour and commemorate some 17000 veterans who served in Australia's defence forces during the period 17 June 1950 to 19 April 1956.

The Nominal Roll provides a 'snapshot' of individual service, by displaying a range of information on each person, gathered from service records. For more detailed information on an individual, please refer to complete service records held by the respective Department of Defence Record Custodian.

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Who is included?
The Nominal Roll contains the service details of some 17000 individuals who served with Australia's defence forces in Korea, or in the waters adjacent to Korea, during the conflict and after the ceasefire, between 27 June 1950 to 19 April 1956. Those listed include approximately 5700 members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), 10800 from the Australian Army, and 1200 members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Criteria for inclusion on the roll has been defined through a combination of existing Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs criteria recognising Korean operational/active service.

The roll includes all Australian service personnel who were officially allotted to, and actually served in, the Korean operational area as defined under Schedule 2 of the Veterans' Entitlements Act (VEA) 1986. Under the VEA the operational area is defined as:

1. The area of Korea, including the waters contiguous to the coast of Korea for a distance of 185 kilometres seaward from the coast.

2. The period from and including 27 June 1950 to and including 19 April 1956.

Where definitions of operational service as determined by RAN, Army and RAAF criteria differ from the VEA, they will be taken to supercede the VEA definition if their application extends eligibility for inclusion on the nominal roll beyond that offered by the VEA.

For example, RAN recognises Korean operational/active service as beginning on the day a ship bound for Korea leaves its last port of call in Australia, and ending only when that ship reaches its first port of call in Australia on its return.

A small number of Australian civilians are also included on the nominal roll. They consist of canteen staff who served on RAN ships deployed to Korean waters during the conflict, and members of philanthropic organisations, such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, who provided various forms of support to Australian service personnel in Korea.

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Who is not included?
Australians who enlisted with other Commonwealth or Allied Forces are not included in this Nominal Roll. Respective overseas countries hold the Korean service records for those Australians.

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How was the roll compiled?
A preliminary Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War was released in paperback format in April 1999. This was followed by the publication of an updated commemorative version in April 2000. The data contained in these rolls was primarily developed and maintained as a basis for a series of Korean War health studies. No further versions of the Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War have been made available to the public since 2000.

This Internet version of the Nominal Roll has been updated using a number of sources. These include veterans and ex-service family and friends of veterans, RAN pay ledgers and nominal rolls previously published for the Australian Army and RAAF, and responses received following publication of the Nominal Roll in April 2000.

The service eligibility of all those whose names appear on the website has been verified from the original service record held by the Department of Defence.

Additional information concerning those who died was obtained from the Office of Australian War Graves and the Australian War Memorial.

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Where are service records held?
Navy records of those who served in Korea are held by the National Archives of Australia.

An index of the service records can be viewed on the Archives website. For a small fee, a photocopy of a record can be purchased.

The Department of Defence holds the service records for those who served in Korea in either the Australian Army or the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Assistance with research
Should you require assistance to undertake further research, the Australian War Memorial and the National Archives of Australia are available to assist you.

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What if an individual doesn't want to be listed on the Nominal Roll?
Individuals were given an opportunity to have their service details excluded from the website prior to it being published.

However, should a veteran still wish to exclude their details, they should contact the Nominal Rolls team.

If you are a relative or acting on behalf of a veteran, you will need to include in your letter documentary proof of your bona fides, such as an enduring power of attorney.

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Data collected
For each person listed, the following information has been collected from the original service record:

Service Record data
NameThe individual's full name as recorded on the official record of service document.

If the individual served under an alias, that information will also be displayed where known. Nicknames will not be displayed, as they are not recorded on the service record.

If a woman married while enlisted, and the military authority amended the service record to her married surname, then that surname will be displayed. This approach has been taken so that the displayed surname aligns with the surname recorded on the paper service record. In such cases, a maiden name may not have been collected.

ServiceRefers to one of the three services that form Australia's defence forces - Royal Australian Navy (RAN); Australian Army; Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Where an individual served in more than one branch of Australia's defence forces, each period of service will be displayed as a separate record. To view all records for an individual, select 'ALL' in the Service box.

Service numberThe number allocated to the individual on enlistment into one of the three branches of Australia's defence forces. This number may be numeric, or an alpha/numeric combination.

Where an individual served in more than one branch of the armed forces, a record will be displayed for each period of service.

Date of BirthThe date recorded on the service record as the date of birth.

Place of BirthThe place recorded on the service record as the place of birth.

Dates of ServiceThe dates an individual was allotted for duty in Korea or commenced duty in the defined operational area of Korea through to the last date an individual served in the defined area of Korea.

Date of DeathIndicates the date of death while serving in the defined operational area or a later date of death directly attributed to that service.

RankThe substantive rank (excludes brevet, honorary, acting or temporary) held by the individual on either their last day or date of death in the operational area.

Branch/Corps/MusteringThese are service specific terms that denote an individual's function or speciality within their chosen service. Traditionally the “Corps” system used by the Army is quite broad in the way it groups functions together when compared to the “Mustering” system used by the Royal Australian Air Force, with the “Branch” system used by the Royal Australian Navy falling somewhere in between.

HonoursIndicates any Imperial post-nominal and posthumous honours and gallantry awards conferred on an individual during the Korean War. Service or campaign medals are not recorded. Foreign honours and awards are also not recorded.

As the Mentioned-in-Despatches (MID) does not entitle the recipient to use a post-nominal, it is not displayed on the Nominal Roll. In deciding not to display the MID, the Department also took into consideration that the MID was not a medal in its own right. Rather, the award of a MID is signified by the Oakleaf device which is always worn with another medal. For Korean War service the MID is worn on the ribbon of the Korean War Medal.

The MID does not appear on the Order of Wearing Australian Honours and Awards approved from time to time by the Governor-General or in past London Gazettes. The latest Order of Wearing is listed in the Commonwealth of Australian Gazette No. S101 of 4 April 2002. Gazette No. S101 can be viewed at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au. This position is consistent with both the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Office of Australian War Graves who do not include the MID on their official commemorations.

The issuing of honours and gallantry awards and service and campaign medals is the responsibility of the Department of Defence.

Prisoners of WarIndicates whether the individual was a prisoner of war.

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How does the basic and advanced search work?
The two types of searching available on this site are basic searching, and advanced searching.

The Basic Search provides searching by lastname and firstname. It is mandatory to provide a last name, and the first name is optional.

The Advanced Search provides searching by many fields. Any combination of fields can be specified when searching.

Please use the * character for wildcard searching in either the basic search or the advanced search.

All searches are case insensitive. This means specifying a lastname of [BROWN], [Brown] or [brown] all return the same results.

Examples
Example 1Specifying a lastname of [Crawford] and a first name of [J*], returns all records where the last name is [Crawford] and the first name starts with [J].

Example 2Specifying a lastname of [*son] and a first name of [Peter], returns all records where the last name ends with [son] and the first name is [Peter], like [Jackson, Peter], [Simpson, Peter] and [Wilson, Peter].

Example 3Specifying [POWs only] and a birth place of [QLD] returns all prisoners of war that were born in Queensland.

Example 4Specifying a service of [Royal Australian Navy] and rank of [*seaman] returns Navy records, where the rank ends with [seaman], like [Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman etc].

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What special characters are not availabe?
Certain characters have been disabled from use on this website. These characters have been disabled to improve the security of the site.

The characters to avoid using any when searching or providing feedback are: % < > ^ ` [ ]

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What format should I enter dates?
Dates can be entered in many formats, however the default format is d/m/yyyy.

For example, 6 January 1953 can be entered as 6/1/1953.

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Certificate of service
A certificate of service is available for every service record. Please use the 'view Certificate' link immediately below the Unit History on the Service Record page.

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Photos
The photographs used in this site have been drawn from the collection of the Australian War Memorial. The full images, reference numbers and captions are listed in the Acknowledgments page. The Nominal Rolls team was unable to locate any suitable photographs depicting women in service in Korea. Should you have pictures from your private collection that might be suitable for this site or that you would like to donate to the Australian War Memorial, please contact the Nominal Rolls team or the Australian War Memorial.

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Accuracy of the data collection
Every effort has been made to ensure that the Nominal Roll is as accurate as possible. If you believe the information displayed on the website is incorrect please contact the Nominal Rolls team.

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What service documents were used to source this information?
The following Service-specific documentation was used to source the information:

Source of Service Record information
Royal Australian NavyRecord of Service Card

Australian ArmyDischarge and Record of Service Forms

Royal Australian Air ForceRecord of Service Forms

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Was the information always available from these service documents for each individual?
No, typically one or more of these documents would be used to provide as much information as possible. However, in the absence of these preferred forms, other non-standard forms such as letters or even photos were used to provide, as a minimum, the key information of a service number and surname.

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