Trooper Ormond Julian Lake, service number 3295, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920

Ormond was born in 1899 in Bega, New South Wales to Quartermaster sergeant Arthur Lake of the Parramatta Squadron Australian Light Horse Lancers and Ida M. Lake.The family lived at Allen Street in Granville, New South Wales.

At the time of his enlistment, he was 18 years of old single clerk. He named his mother, Ida, his next of kin. He was one of the selected representatives of the Parramatta High school to enlist in the Australian Army. Today, his name appears on the school’s honor roll in connection with the “great war”.

Although Ormond enlisted on 21 February 1917, his mother’s permission note insisted that he not leave Australia for 6 months, so on 3 September 1917, he embarked at Sydney on board HMAT “Kyarra” A55 with the Camel Corps, General Reinforcements (Second Military District). He had been in the Militia, 7 Australian Light Horse for 7 months and was still serving at the time of enlistment. He was They were of the Anglican faith.

On 27 October 1917, he marched in ex “Kyarra” to Abbassia, Egypt, and on 22 December, he transferred to the 4 Battalion.

From 16 February 1918, he saw active service at Rafah, on the border between Egypt and Palestine, and on 7 July he was transferred to the 14 Light Horse at Surafend, Palestine. He joined the School of Instruction at Surafend on 27 July 1918 and completed the training on 18 August. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 21 June 1919.

Ormond was repatriated to Australia per “Dongala” on 28 August and officially discharged on 28 September 1919.

High school honor board (1917, April 7).The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 6.
P.H.S. honor board (1917, September 26). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 2.
Our brave boys on the battle fields (1918, September 14). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 10.
Of the boys.” (1919, August 23). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 11.
Of the boys.” (1919, September 3). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 1.

Noela Vranic, Volunteer Research Assistant, and Anne Tsang, Research Assistant, Parramatta Council Heritage Centre, 2016