Lieutenant William Ewart Hart enlisted on 14 January 1916.

He was a single, 30 years old man when he enlisted. He was a dental surgeon when he enlisted. His father was William Hart, of Parramatta. He was of the religious denomination of Methodist. Several months before enlisting, he crashed his plane at Richmond, causing injuries to his head and limbs. He spent three months recovering from his injuries. He was a pioneer in the field of aviation in Australia, having flown from Penrith to Parramatta, and made the return journey. He was also one of the first pilots to fly a plane almost entirely made in Australia, with the exception of the engine. Having flown over 5000 miles in the air, he enlisted in the Australian Flying Corps. He served as part of the Number 1 Squadron, Flying Corps. He embarked aboard the HMAT Orsova A67 from Melbourne on 16 March 1916. He served in Egypt and England from 16 March 1916 to 8 August 1916. On 28 April 1916 he embarked from Egypt to England for training, and on 24 June 1916 sailed from England to Australia aboard the “Euripedes”. He was discharged on the grounds of being medically unfit with epilepsy on 11 September 1916.


Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2016