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

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Henry Brodie

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Henry Brodie

Henry was the son of Anna Brodie of Smithfield (Victoria Street), New South Wales. He was a farmer born in Blayney, New South Wales and was 25 when he joined the forces on 13 December 1915. He served with the 18th Infantry Battalion in France from April 1917 and was wounded in action on 3 May 1917 (most likely during the Second Battle of Bullecourt) from a gunshot wound to the left arm. He was admitted to Richmond Military Hospital in England in June 1917 before being transferred to Weymouth where he stayed until returning to Australia onboard HMAT Anchises A68 on 4 January 1918 and discharged as medically unfit.

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

The Dairy Cottage- Parramatta

The Dairy Cottage- Parramatta

Dairyman’s cottage, Parramatta Park, view of front exterior of single storey building, ca. 1950s. Local Studies Photograph Collection/Local Studies Library.

The Dairy Cottage in Parramatta Park is of significance on many levels. The cottage is one (more…)

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – John Samuel Bernasconi

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – John Samuel Bernasconi

John (also referred to as Maxwell John Berney in some war service correspondence) was the second son of Luc (Louis) Bernasconi of Jersey Street, Guildford New South Wales. He was born in Sydney and was a Fettler on the Great Western Railway in the mountains before he joined the forces on 13 November 1915 at age 21. He served with the 31st Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces in France in various places in the Ypres sector and also on the Somme. John was wounded in action in France on 19 July 1916 with a gunshot wound to the right buttock and spent 3 months in hospital in Folkstone and later Shorncliffe Military Hospital in England. He returned to active duty in France in December 2016 and over the next year was admitted to hospital several times with illness. On 30 May 1918 he was found guilty of deserting HM service for 6 days and was sentenced to three years in prison. From June 1918 until April 1919 he was in a military prison until being discharged to duty and again returning to France. John returned to Australia several months later (August 1919) on the Oreitto.

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

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