NZDF Archives no longer hold the service personnel files for WW1. These have been transferred into the permanent care of Archives New Zealand in Wellington.
In addition, all those who served in WW1 and went on to have post 1920 service, their files are in the process of being transferred to Archives NZ as well. Since the beginning of this year, 13452 files have been processed and there are another 2177 to go, and once completed, they will start on the Air Force files. So, if you are seeking a WW1/WW2 file, please keep checking the website for when access to the second file is available.
The first place to look for a WW1 Service Personnel File is by doing a search on the Archway database.
Enter the name you are looking for, your search name should appear under the heading Military File.
Archives New Zealand is digitising all the WWI records held by the New Zealand Defence Force, and is publishing them to their website. Around 160,000 files - some of them with more than 600 pages - are being digitised and published. The Defence Force has also recently located a number of additional files, which we will be included in their online publication programme.
More than half of the records supplied so far have been digitised and published both as single-page image files and also in PDF, which is is a widely-convenient and accessible format.
As the NZDF Archives has now transferred over 180,000 files, the file you are after is more than likely at Archives New Zealand. NZDF Archives is still transferring files so if your file does not appear in Archway please try again in a month. If it does not appear at that time, then apply in writing to NZDF Archives, Private Bag 905, Upper Hutt 5140.
The Family History Team