Army and RAAF pay records held in Perth – Fact sheet 152

The Perth Office of the National Archives holds a collection of pay and allotment history records for Western Australian enlistees to the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). These records can be valuable sources of information for family and military history researchers.

The records relate to service in World War I (Army), World War II (Army and Air Force) and the period since World War II (Army and Air Force).

Army service

World War I

Pay cards for World War I service contain the following information: name, regimental number, date of enlistment, rank, unit, and the ship on which the member departed and returned to Australia. The name of an allottee (ie a person to whom a regular payment was made from the member’s earnings) and relationship to the member may also be shown. The records, arranged alphabetically, are held in two series: those who returned and those killed on active service.

World War II

Index cards and pay cards are held for World War II enlistees.  The index cards are arranged alphabetically by surname and include name, regimental number, date of enlistment and discharge and unit. As the index extends to 1963, it can also be used to access pay cards for enlistees since World War II.

Pay cards for World War II service are arranged by regimental number (this can be located from the index cards) and show name, date of enlistment, regimental number, rank, and sometimes the name and address of an allottee. The cards are arranged into two categories: members of the 2nd AIF (WX prefix), and non-AIF personnel, including CMF and conscriptees (W prefix). Pay cards for prisoners of war are included.

Service since World War II

Pay cards for Western Australian enlistees since World War II are held for the period 1947–63.

Royal Australian Air Force service

World War II service

Index cards and pay cards are held for RAAF personnel. The index cards are arranged alphabetically by surname and provide only the service number.

Pay cards are arranged by service number (obtained from the index card) and show name, date of enlistment and discharge, service number, rank, signature, and sometimes name and address of the allottee.

Service since World War II

Pay cards for Western Australian enlistees since World War II are held for the period 1948–61. As there is no index to these records they are difficult to access unless the member's service number is known.

Army and RAAF pay records held in Perth 

Army – World War I service

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesPay ledger cards of ex-servicemen (returned to Australia)1914–20K1143
SeriesPay ledger cards of ex-servicemen (killed/missing in action)1914–20K1144

Army – World War II service

Army – service since World War II

RAAF – World War II service

RAAF – service since World War II

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesPay history and allotment ledger cards of servicemen who enlisted post-World War II1948–61PP143/1

Further information about service personnel records

The National Archives holds the service records of Australians who served in World War I and World War II in the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy.

You can find service records for servicepersons, by using the Archives’ NameSearch database, available via RecordSearch. You can also order copies of records through RecordSearch.

Alternatively, contact our reference service:

National Reference Service
National Archives of Australia
PO Box 4924
KINGSTON ACT 2604

Fact sheets

For further information relating to holdings of military service pay records see:

Other fact sheets containing information about military service records are:

Victorian colonial service

Navy service

Army service

RAAF service

Information covering all services

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