World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – – Private Francis Bede McFadden

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – – Private Francis Bede McFadden

Private Francis Bede McFadden was a 26 year old labourer from Parramatta. He and his family were Roman Catholic. He was the son of Mr D. F. McFadden and Mrs M. A. McFadden. He lived with his family in Boundary Street Parramatta. He had a brother, Private Robert McFadden, who left for war after Francis and joined the railway unit. He enlisted on 8 May 1916. He embarked with his battalion aboard the HMAT Ceramic A40 from Sydney on 7 October 1916. He proceeded to Salisbury Plains and then on to France on 21 December 1916. He was captured in Bullecourt, France and officially reported missing on 11 April 1917. He was later reported as a prisoner of war in Germany, interned in Limburg an der Lahn. He was held as a prisoner of war for 20 months. He was repatriated and returned to England on 14 December 1918. He returned to Australia aboard the Nevasa on 5 March 1919 and was discharged from service on 3 June 1919.

Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private Stanley James McIntosh

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private Stanley James McIntosh

Private Stanley James McIntosh was a 24 year old carter from Armadale New South Wales. He was the son of Mr and Mrs J. McIntosh of Parramatta. He enlisted under the name of Stanley James Yule, so that his parents wouldn’t know he had enlisted. He named his cousin Miss Cant of North Sydney as his next of kin. He married Mrs Florence Alice McIntosh on 22 April 1916. He enlisted on 24 August 1914. He embarked with his battalion from Sydney aboard the HMAT Suffolk A23 on 18 October 1914. He suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg on 11 August 1915 at Lonepine and was admitted to the 2 General Australian General Hospital, Gezira, Cairo. He was returned wounded to Australia aboard the Karoola on 4 December 1915. He was discharged on the grounds of being medically unfit on 3 February 1917.

Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017

 

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Allan Colquhoun

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Allan Colquhoun

Allan was the son of Geo. Colquhoun of Guildford and nephew of Mr and Mrs Andrew Colquhoun of Belmont Street, Loftus Park, New South Wales. He was a saddler, born in Glebe, New South Wales and was 18 years and 4 months when he joined the forces on 11 November 1915. He served with the 13th Infantry Battalion, 15th Reinforcements in France and Belgium between 24 September 1916 and 11 April 1917 when he was declared missing in action. It was later found that he had been captured in Reincourt on 11 April 1917 and interned as a prisoner of war in Germany.

On 2 June 1917 the Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate reported, “Private Allan Colquhoun aged 20 years, son of Mr Geo. Colquhoun of Guildford and nephew of Mr and Mrs Andrew Colquhoun of Belmont-street, Loftus Park. He is reported missing in France. He was in the cadets and was afterwards transferred to the citizen forces, shortly after which about two years ago he joined the Coo-ees as they passed through Parramatta. He was in camp at Liverpool and went thence to Egypt and England and has been in the firing-line about six months. He enjoyed the best of health in France.”

On 1 December 1918 he was repatriated to England before returning to Australia on 5 March 1919.

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Chrissie Crispin – Volunteer Research Assistant – City of Parramatta – Parramatta Heritage Centre – 2016

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers -Sergeant John Jeffery

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers -Sergeant John Jeffery

Sergeant John Jeffery, a labourer, enlisted on 24 August 1915 at the age of twenty one.  He came from the Hunter’s Hill area.  He named his wife Marion as his next of kin.  At the time of his enlistment, he and his wife were living with her parents in Dixon Street, Parramatta.

John embarked for service overseas on 1 April 1916 to serve with the 3 Australian Infantry Battalion.  In July 1917 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and then to Sergeant in October of 1917.

Sadly, Sergeant John Jeffery was killed in action in France on 17 April 1918.  His mother wrote to the Base Records Office in 14 April 1919 seeking a photograph of his grave.  In her correspondence she related information she had received from Corporal Gardiner of 3 Battalion that her son had been killed by a sniper’s bullet in the vicinity of Strazeele, possibly Pradelles.  His death was reported in the Cumberland Argus of 25 May 1918 at page 10.

Sergeant John Jeffery is buried at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.  His name is on the Roll of Honour engraved on the Memorial Arch at Saint John’s Anglican Cathedral Parramatta and is also located on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  These awards, a Memorial Scroll and Memorial Plaque were given to his wife.

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Janet Britton, Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2016

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Elmore Aubrey Gane

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Elmore Aubrey Gane

Elmore was the son of Mrs Maude Gane of Guildford (Calliope Street), New South Wales, who was a 20 year old Telephonist when he joined the forces on 31 May 1916. He was serving with the 20th Infantry A.M.F. Unit at time of enrollment and was assigned immediately to the rank of Acting Corporal with the 53rd Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements.

He traveled to England onboard “Ascanius” disembarking at Devonport on 28 December 1916. He then attended the School of Musketry in Tidworth, England where he qualified 2nd class with a fair knowledge of the Lewis Machine Gun. He was transferred to the 1st Machine Gun Company and traveled to France via Folkstone and was taken on strength on 11 October 1917. In December 1917 he returned to hospital in England with trench feet where he stayed until returning to Australia on  22 March 1918 to be discharged due to medical unfitness on 22 May 1918.

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Chrissie Crispin – Volunteer Research Assistant – City of Parramatta – Parramatta Heritage Centre – 2016

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Walter Williams

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Walter Williams

Walter was the son of Sidney Williams of Smithfield (Poland Street), New South Wales. He was born in Smithfield and was working as a Storeman, aged 23, when he joined the forces on 12 December 1915. He trained in England with the 36th Infantry Battalion before travelling to France on 22 November 1916 .

He was wounded in action on 16 January 1917 and rejoined his Battalion five days later. He was wounded for a second time on 12 October 1917 with a (mild) gun shot wound to the right knee and returned to England three days later where he remained in hospital, initially recovering and then with illness until until returning to Australia on 19 February 1919 and being discharged due to medical unfitness on 25 May 1919.

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Chrissie Crispin – Volunteer Research Assistant – City of Parramatta – Parramatta Heritage Centre – 2016

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private Walter McLaren

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private Walter McLaren

Private Walter McLaren was a 22 year old labourer from Earley Street Parramatta. He was married to Alma McLaren. He enlisted on 17 August 1915. He embarked with his unit from Sydney aboard the HMAT Medic A7 on 30 December 1915. He was wounded in action, with a shell abrasion to his right leg, in France between 22 July 1916 and 27 July 1916. He rejoined his battalion from hospital in France on 25 August 1916. He was admitted to hospital with appendicitis on 9 June 1917. He was invalided to England on 11 July 1916, where he was sent to Southwark Military Hospital due to his appendicitis becoming more severe. He was charged with desertion of his post between 9:30pm 27 November 1917 to 9:00am 5 December 1917. He was forced to forfeit 18 days pay. He returned to France on 12 December 1917 and rejoined his battalion on 21 December 1917. He was gassed and wounded in France on 23 August 1918. He returned to Australia from England aboard the HMAT Ascanius A11 on 9 February 1919.

Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017

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