Parramatta and World War Onea diary of Parramatta people and events 100 years to the day they happened
From 1 August 2014 through to 1 November 2018 we will be posting hundreds of biographical stories and accounts of events which relate to the actions of Parramatta servicemen and women during World War One.
The team in Research Services have prepared these stories to be released 100 years to the day they occurred and the blog will provide a kind of diary to Parramatta’s involvement in the war from France, to Palestine and everywhere in between.
We hope you enjoy reading about these amazing people and the terrifying and sometimes awe inspiring events which dragged them across the globe to fight against Germany and her allies.
Private Charles Gapes, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Charles Gapes embarked from Sydney on the 25 November 1916 aboard HMAT Beltana A72. He was a carter and lived at "Hillview" Nobbs Street, Granville, NSW. Charles disembarked at the HM...read more
Private Alfred George Jessop was born in Parramatta. According to the Cumberland Argus he attended Pitt Row School, now Parramatta West Public School. However, his place of association at the time of his enlistment was Tweed Heads near Murwillumbah in New South...read more
Victor was the eldest son of Mrs J. Brinkman of Guidlford New South Wales (Myrtle Cottage, Albert Parade, and later "Le Roy" Calliope Street). He was born in Cabramatta and was a Railway Porter when he joined the forces on 7 May 1915 at 22 years of age. He served with...read more
Private Wallace McKenzie was a 20 year old shipwright from Sydney. He was the son of Mr J McKenzie and Mrs Jane McKenzie from Granville, New South Wales. He and his family were part of the Church of England. He enlisted on 17 August 1914. He was appointed as Corporal...read more
Private Walter Lawrence Murray was a 19 year old electrician living with his family in Phillip Street, Parramatta. He was the son of Mr and Mrs E. J. Murray. He and his family were of the Church of England. He enlisted at Randwick, New South Wales, on 17 August 1914....read more
74 Private Cyril Hamilton Marsh, image from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Marsh was born in Granville, New South Wales in 1896. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Marsh and the step son of Lavinia P. Marsh (nee Kenny) of Clyde Street, C. Prior...read more
George Richard is a brother to Edward James Filby and was born in the Burwood District to George and Emily Isabel Filby in 1897. (BDM#11131/1897). He and his family were living at “Leura” Banks Street, May's Hill, Parramatta and were of the Church of England faith....read more
Trooper Merza Tucker Jeffery (known as Bob) enlisted on 5 March 1917 at the age of eighteen. He was single and his occupation was recorded as clerk. He named his father Harold as his next of kin. They lived in Harris Street, Granville. He embarked for service...read more
Manta Singh was born in the Punjab, northern India, in 1907. After finishing school, he joined the 2nd Sikh Royal Infantry. By August 1914, when the German army invaded Belgium and France, Manta held the rank of Subedar, and his regiment was part of the Indian...read more
Private William Francis Walton was a 29 year old journalist living in Emmaville, New South Wales. Commonly known as either "Will" or "Billy", he was the son of Mr William James Walton, one time owner of the Narrabri "Age" newspaper and former alderman of Narrabri, and...read more
406 Private Thomas "Tommie" Verran Hammond, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Thomas, a well known champion racing cyclist in the Granville district, was perhaps best known for "scooping the pool at Clyde, sports on Easter Monday, 1912, and in the...read more
Frank William Lindeman was born to Mary Lynch and George Sydney Lindeman on the 31 of December 1891. Frank married Hilda Agnes before he enlisted to join the army. As a native to North Sydney, he attended Sydney Grammar School. He served two and half years in the...read more
Private Jack Oliffe was born on the 17th of August 1893, in Calverton Queensland. After enlisting his services to the Australian army on the 19th of July 1917, he embarked the HMAT Ulysses A38 from Sydney on the 19th of December. He joined his comrades of the 11th...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Native to Richmond New South Wales, Arthur Kindred was born to Mary and Charles Kindred. On the 3rd of August 1915, at the age of 22, he gallantly enlisted his services to the Australian Army. The HMAT Port Lincoln A17 set sail from Sydney on the 13th of October 1915,...read more
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...read more
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