Private Gilbert Harding enlisted on 3 February 1917.

At enlistment he was 36 years old and employed as an orchardist. He previously worked as an attendant in a Hospital for the insane. He was married to Mrs Edith Harding of Kanwal. He was born in Parramatta, but lived with his wife in Wyong at enlistment. He was part of the Church of England. He served as part of the 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion. He embarked with his Unit aboard HMAT A46 “Clan McGillivray” on 10 May 1917 from Melbourne. He served as part of the 3 Australian Infantry Battalion. He was wounded in action on 14 August 1918 in France, and was admitted to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, suffering from shell wounds to the legs, arms and head. He died of his wounds on 15 August 1918. He was buried at the Daours Communal Cemetery Extension in France. His name is located on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial at number 36 in the Commemorative Area. He was awarded a Victory Medal and British War Medal after death.


Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2018