Database of Irish who fought with Australians during WW1 goes online

Michael Sheils McNamee

A database documenting those who served with the Australian forces during the First World War was launched today.

The Irish Anzacs Database will allow Irish and Australian people to track Irish-born individuals who served during the First World War.

The term ‘Anzac’ refers to the ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ of the First World War.

As part of the project the database has identified and documented around 6,000 Irish-born people who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces during the War.

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Among those included in the database are soldiers, nurses and chaplains.

The project has been a collaboration between the Australian University of New South Wales and University College Dublin.

Funds from the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Emigrant Support Programme and the Global Irish Studies Centre of the University of New South Wales were used to fund the database.

Speaking before the event, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, said:

This year is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, which claimed more Irish lives than any other conflict. Irish and Australians stood shoulder to shoulder in Gallipoli and at the Somme, and I am delighted that today we continue to work together in more peaceful times.

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