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.
Sergeant Francis William Owens was born in Narromine New South Wales. He was a farmer and son of the late Francis Owens, grazier, of Owendale Narromine. He had previously served for eleven years as Sergeant in the Permanent Artillery. He enlisted at South Head as a...read more
Private Conrad Arthur John Ford, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Conrad Arthur Ford embarked on the 25 October 1916 from Sydney on the HMAT Ascanius A11, and was serving in the 18 Infantry Battalion - 14 to 17 Reinforcements. Conrad was...read more
Private Henry John was employed by the Railway Department at Lidcombe as a woodworking machinist. He was twenty five years of age when he enlisted for service on 27 June 1916. He married Dorothy on 12 August 1916 and they lived in Short Street, North Parramatta. He...read more
Private Archie McWilliam was born in Marrickville, Sydney. Prior to enlisting he worked in the country and his occupation was recorded as station hand. He was eighteen years old when he enlisted on 26 April 1916 at Granville. His mother Jane McWilliam of Abbot...read more
In 1917, Mayor Alderman F.J.Thomas called a meeting to discuss the establishment of the Parramatta branch of the War Chest Society. Fifty local women attended to work out ways of providing comfort for Australian soldiers in Egypt, France and other war zones. And on...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Allan was the son of George 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....read more
5380 Private Leslie Ambrose Harvey, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Leslie Ambrose Harvey (1896-1917) made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he was killed in action in France, on 2 April 1917, aged only 21. The son of Thomas...read more
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,...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 20th Infantry A.M.F. Unit at time of enrollment and was assigned immediately to...read more
William was born in Auburn. He was son of Mrs Laura Emmason Lownds (previously Child) of Guildford (Station Street), New South Wales. He was a labourer. At the age of 19 years and 8 months he joined the forces on 3 August 1915. He was taken on strength by the 20...read more
32912 Gunner Robert Leslie Dick Moxham, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Driver (later Gunner) Robert ‘Les’ Leslie Dick Moxham is the second son of the late State Minister Thomas Robert Moxham (Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly) and Mary...read more
Private Warrick James McLeod was born in Granville New South Wales. He enlisted at Liverpool on 27 February 1915 at the age of twenty one. His occupation was recorded as sign writer. Private McLeod had previously served with the Militia and 20 Infantry Citizen...read more
1224 Private (later Lance Corporal) William Charles Hearne, from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 William Charles Hearne (18/10/1896 - 23/02/1969) was the eldest son of George and Jayne Hearne, of Pitt Street, Granville. He was a labourer when he...read more
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