Discover if your Australian ancestor worked for the Bank of New South Wales and served in WW1. Search for almost 800 men whose service was proudly celebrated by their employer and find details of their rank and battalion as well as a photograph.
Each result will bring you directly to the page that holds the search term you looked for. The information contained varies but you can find out the following about your ancestor:
The battalion they served in
Biographical details including immediate family, education and work history
Details of military service
In the First World War many businesses not only actively encouraged their employees to serve their country but proudly celebrated those who did. The Bank of New South Wales produced a presentation bound book to celebrate the lives of the 793 men, 42% of the bank’s staff of 1800, who enlisted in the armed forces of Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.
These men came from the bank’s head office in Sydney and their branch offices in every Australian state, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji as well as the London office. They represented almost all ranks and commissions, from private to Lieutenant Colonel.
This is a particularly rich genealogical source containing as it does photographs of many of the men.
The entire Roll of Honour is provided here in PDF format. This means that, while you can browse through and even download the book in its entirety, searching for your ancestor will be rather different than searching through our other record sets. All search results will bring you straight to the page on which your search word has been found. We’ve included a few tips to help you with this Text search feature.
Text search is a direct search only. It will only search for the exact search or phrase you write in the search field with no variations in spelling.
To search for your ancestor by name you will have to search for the name as it appears in the book. So, if you were looking for a Bobby Bill Smith you might first look for Robert William Smith and then, perhaps, for R. W. Smith.
You can use inverted commas to group together groups of words or full names you are searching for. For example “Victoria Cross” or “Robert William Smith”.
Don’t forget that you aren’t limited to searching simply for name. Since other biographical and military details are given in many cases you can try searching for those other details. Parents names are usually given and often the school they went to or the place where they grew up. If you’re not sure of what form of the name to use this can be a good way in. Do note though that these were often young men. They won’t always have a spouse listed.