Parramatta and World War One
In 2018, we mark the end of the Centenary of World War One, also known as ‘The Great War,’ which endured from 4 August 1914 to 11 November 1918.
The City of Parramatta Research and Collection Services, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, has compiled the biographies of 1,962 soldiers, seamen and nurses from the Parramatta District – the culmination of a four-year project.
These stories of dedication, courage and loss are featured here as well as the interactive touch table display in the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.
India played a significant part in World War One. The normal annual recruitment for the Indian army was 15,000 men, during the course of the war over 800,000 men volunteered for the army and more than 400,000 volunteered for non-combatant roles. In total almost 1.3...read more
Australia’s involvement in World War One began on 4 August 1914. Many who joined up believed that the war would be a great adventure, but none could have imagined the scale of the endeavour on which they were about to embark. Sadly, many of these soldiers, sailors,...read more
Light Horse Soldiers of the Australian Mounted Division throwing snowballs on the Lebanon Hills during their journey from Homs to Tripoli, Charles bean, Volume 12, illustration 681 In early 1915 the Turkish Jew, Alexander Aaronsohn, travelled to the independent...read more
11373 Gunner Joseph Bonaventure McDuff, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Joseph Bonaventure McDuff was born in 1878 in Deniliquin, New South Wales. At the age of 36 years and 1 month old he joined the Australian Imperial Force on 13 September 1915...read more
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 20 Infantry A.M.F. Unit at time of enrolment and was assigned immediately to the...read more
Henry was the son of Anna Brodie of Victoria Street, Smithfield , 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...read more
7767 Driver George Richerby Mallinson, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Driver Mallinson was born at Trongate Street, Granville, New South Wales. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Mallinson and his elder brother Private James Edward...read more
Private Henry James Robinson was a 30 year old Locomotive Fireman from Cowper Street, Granville. He was married to Mrs Catherine Mary Robinson and was the father of Kathleen Mary Robinson and John Henry Robinson. He enlisted on 13 July 1915 and was assigned to the 30...read more
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