World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private Horace Frederick Robinson

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private Horace Frederick Robinson

Private Horace Frederick Robinson was a 19 year old clerk from “Roslyn”, Cowper Street Granville. He was born in Kent, England, to John Robinson, and was the younger brother of Henry James Robinson. He enlisted on 20 July 1915 and was assigned to 30 Infantry Battalion. His brother gave his official consent for Horace to enlist as a minor. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT “Beltana” A72 from Sydney on 9 November 1915. He embarked from Alexandria aboard the HMAT “Hororata” on 16 June 1916 to join his battalion, and disembarked at Marseilles on 23 June 1916. He was reported missing in France on 19 July 1916. The next day he was reported killed in action in France on 19 July 1916. He was buried in VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. His name is displayed in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial.

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

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – – Private William Hugh Robertson

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – – Private William Hugh Robertson

Private William Hugh Robertson was a 22 year old grocer from Wilson Street, Wollongong, New South Wales, when he enlisted. He was born in Nowra and enlisted in Liverpool. He was the son of Mr John Robertson and Mrs Jessie Johnson Wallace. He had two brothers who were also soldiers in the Australian Army. About two years prior to enlisting he moved from Wollongong to Granville, where he was employed as a grocer. He enlisted on the 27 June 1915 and was assigned to the 1 Infantry Battalion, 9 to 12 reinforcements. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT “Argyllshire” from Sydney on 30 September 1915. He was taken on strength in Tel-el-Kebir on 6 January 1916. On 13 February 1916 he was transferred to the 53 Battalion. On 19 June 1916 he embarked from Alexandria and disembarked at Marseilles on 28 June 1916. He was wounded in action and reported missing in France on 19 July 1916. He was later discovered to have been killed in action on this day at Pozieres, France. He was buried in the Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-D’armentieres, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. His name is displayed in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial.

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

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private William Lawrence McKay

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Private William Lawrence McKay

Private William Lawrence McKay was a 22 year old laborer from the Parramatta branch of the Australian Gas-Light Company. He and his family lived in Cleveland Street, Sydney. He was single and a Roman Catholic. He was the son of Mr H McKay and Mrs Margaret McKay. He enlisted on 1 September 1914. He embarked with his unit from Sydney aboard the HMAT Euripides A14 on 20 October 1914. He was killed in action on 5 July 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. He as buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey. His name is displayed at the Australian War Memorial in the Commemorative Area at site 41.

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

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – William Dawson Fisk

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – William Dawson Fisk

William was the son of G.D. Fisk of Guildford, New South Wales. He was born in Inverell, New South Wales and was a 24 year old shop assistant when he joined the forces on 22 March 1915. He married Miss Ella Virtue (also of Guildford) on 8th April 2015 prior to departing Sydney. He served with 20th Battalion, 5th Brigade at Gallipoli from 16th to 25th of August 1915 before being transferred to hospital in Malta due to a sprained ankle. He rejoined his unit in Gallipoli on 25 October 1915 until disembarking from Mudros to Alexandria, Egypt on 9 January 1916. He was promoted to Temporary Sergeant for six weeks in early 1916 whilst in Egypt and then again later that same year whilst serving in France.

He was involved in a raiding party on the night of 25 June 1916 for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.) for: “…conspicuous gallantry when repeatedly rescuing wounded men under heavy fire after a successful raid, [and] throughout the whole raid he displayed great bravery”.

He went missing in action on 26 July 1916 and the Court of Enquiry determined that he had been killed in action on 29 September 1917 . The following account was provided on 9 January 1917 by his Captain, J.A. Broadbent, who wrote from London “He was my bombing sergeant. On 26th [July] last, in the Somme region our Battalion was ordered to make a raid on the enemy trenches. Half the battalion bombers under Fisk were sent also. He had charge of the left storming party, and went over with the others. As far as can be ascertained this party was held up by the enemy wire. Fisk led his men, but although I made exhaustive inquiries afterwards, nobody knows his fate for certain. I have not written his people, in the first place, because I thought he may have been captured and later misplaced his address. In case of his capture he would have written or had someone else write for him. He was posted as “Missing” in the absence of any knowledge of his welfare. As far as his manliness is concerned, his people must know of it, as I do. He was [one] of the finest men, and best soldiers I have ever met. His people also would know that he won the D.C.M. for gallant work in a raid some months previous to the Somme fighting. Although I hope sincerely that he is alive, yet I cannot advise holding out any hope for him. In the particular action in which Fisk took part, there were a large number of casualties and those that remained, could give no information of him.”

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

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Sapper Alfred William Jarman

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Sapper Alfred William Jarman

Sapper (military engineer) Albert William Jarman was born in Kent, England and was a shipwright by trade.

He was married to Linda Maude Jarman and they lived in Wentworth Street, Harris Park Parramatta.  They had two children.

Sapper Alfred William Jarman enlisted to serve on 4 January 1916 and embarked for service overseas with the 1 Australian Tunnelling Company on 20 February 1916.

His war service record indicates that in late November 1916 he was treated for an injury to the right foot which he had sustained accidentally while doing carpentry work.

Sadly, he died from wounds he subsequently received in action on 13 June 1917.

Sapper Alfred William Jarman is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium.  A photograph of his grave is located on the Australian Tunnellers of World War 1 Website.

The website documents that on 13 June 1917, a shell burst while he and four others were unloading a truck at a place called Lille Gate.  He died sometime later that day at the Second Canadian Casualty Clearing Station from the severe wounds he received from the incident.

Notice of his death is published in the Cumberland Argus of 30 June 1917 at page 10.

Sapper Alfred William Jarman was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.  The medals, a photograph of his grave and a Memorial Scroll were given to his wife.

His name is located on the Memorial Arch at Saint John’s Anglican Cathedral Parramatta and his name is also located on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial.

Reference

Australian Tunnellers of World War 1 Website   http://www.tunnellers.net/pages/indexpag.html

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

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Sergeant Athol William McKinnon

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Sergeant Athol William McKinnon

Sergeant Athol William McKinnon was a 31 year old school teacher living in Port Macquarie. His sister was Mrs Annie Perry of Baulkham Hills, New South Wales. His parents died when he was a child, and he was subsequently raised by his sister. He enlisted on 22 August 1914 in Sydney. He was killed in action in Gallipoli on 13 June 1915. He was buried in Isolated Graves Anzac, South East of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. He was later reburied in the 4 Battalion Parade Ground, East of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

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

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

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