Private Edward Greenshields worked at the Grocery store of Mr Woods in Parramatta and resided with his aunt, Mrs. McPhie,at “Alpha”, Weston Street, Harris Park. He enlisted on the 18 July 1915 and was given a send off at Mr. W. Wood’s store at Parramatta. “He was presented with a silver wristlet watch prior to his departure for the front. Mr. W. Wood had stated that he was pleased that one of his staff had volunteered to fight for his country and the Empire. His position would bo open for him on his return. Messrs. H. Benser and L. Reed also spoke a few friendly words appropriate to the occasion. Mr. Greenshields in replying thanked Mr. Wood and his workmates for their kindness, and stated that he felt it his duty to join the many others in Parramatta who had enlisted.”


Peter Arfanis, Archivist, Parramatta Council, Heritage Centre, 2014