For Australia, the World War One remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. Another 6000 veterans died by the 1930s due to war related injuries and suicide.

Over the course of the war, volunteers from all over Australia enlisted to serve overseas including many hundreds of men and women from the greater Parramatta district. Following the war, there was a concerted effort to acknowledge the contributions of these courageous individuals as well as to construct lasting memorials to those who served in ‘The Great War’.

In 1920, the Parramatta newspaper, The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers’ Argus published a commemorative book which aimed to recognise the involvement of as many servicemen and women as possible. Contributions for the publication were sourced from the family and friends of the volunteers from across Sydney. This momentous effort resulted in the production of a large volume which included 1,962 personnel together with an accompanying photograph of each individual.

This publication presents a suburb-by-suburb account of men and women from Sackville in the north, Ingleburn to the south, Eastern Creek to the west and Gladesville to the east.

Please read the book by clicking on the link: ‘Suburbs’

Neera Sahni, Research Services Leader, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2019