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Postby MaureenE » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:05 am

The following records mainly relate to Australian military personnel.

A dataset of approximately 60,000 cards called “Missing, Wounded and Prisoner Of War Enquiry Cards” used by the Australian Red Cross during WW2 are available online through the University of Melbourne Archives.

A catalogue description extract says
2016.0049 [Missing, Wounded and Prisoner Of War Enquiry Cards]
Australian Red Cross Society, National Office
Date Range of Records: 1940-1973

Red Cross Archives Series Reference: NO1. This series is comprised of approximately 60,000 cards used by the Central Bureau for Wounded, Missing and Prisoners of War of the Australian Red Cross to trace the welfare and whereabouts of members of the armed forces, and some civilians, during the Second World War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The vast majority of cards in this series date from 1940 to 1945. Of these, most relate to missing AIF personnel.
Collection Category: Community and Political, organisations

At the time of writing, the information about the above is rather hidden, and I could not find a permanent URL for the above, however it may be found as follows (and it is also included in another link below):

Go to
http://archives.unimelb.edu.au and use the search term Missing, Wounded and Prisoner Of War Enquiry Cards in “Search the catalogue” then view the catalogue entry

To search for the name of a POW, use the Search digitised items within the above website.


The above catalogue information provides the following links
http://gallery.its.unimelb.edu.au/imu/i ... &irn=87295 Information about the dataset which also includes information from the previously mentioned catalogue description.
http://gallery.its.unimelb.edu.au/imu/i ... &irn=87296 Abbreviations commonly used in 2016.0049: Missing, Wounded and Prisoner of War Enquiry Cards, Australian Red Cross Society, National Office

There is also a blog about these cards
http://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/archives/a- ... war-cards/

In the comments section at the bottom, it gives an example of a card
http://gallery.its.unimelb.edu.au/umblu ... &irn=78462 and the URL for the Search
http://gallery.its.unimelb.edu.au/umblu ... est=search

Cheers
Maureen
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Re: Online: Australian Red Cross POW Cards/AIF personnel

Postby Editor » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:22 pm

Thanks for this Maureen, very interesting!
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