Parramatta and World War One
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the City of Parramatta commemorates the end of the First World War and remembers the Australian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In 2018, we mark 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. We will also be publishing a series of eBooks, which will be available online from November 11, 2018.
Private Albert Edward Fitch of Carrington Street Granville, NSW,was a 25 year old brick-maker at the State Brickworks when he joined the 20 Infantry Battalion on the 26 May 1915. His mother, Mrs Annie Fitch, who was his next of kin, also lived in Carrington Street...read more
3012 Lance Corporal Frank Phillips, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Frank Phillips was the third son of George Albert Phillips and Lucy Albertina (nee Fericks) of Marsden Street, Parramatta. Born on 6 September 1897 in Granville, New South Wales....read more
6792 Private James Edward Mallinson, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Mallinson was the second youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mallinson of William Street, Granville, New South Wales. Prior to enlistment he was an engineer at Clyde...read more
2948 Private Alfred Reginald Harre, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Alfred Reginald Harre was only 18 when he heard the call of duty and signed up on the 16 January 1916 in Casula, New South Wales. Originally born and raised in Camberwell,...read more
3475 Private (later Gunner) Gordon Stanley Hamilton, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Gordon Stanley Hamilton was 24 when he enlisted with the 11 reinforcements, 2 Battalion A.I.E.F. he was the son of John and Annie Hamilton, of Market...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
Image from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Alfred Osborne was born in Liverpool New South Wales. At the time of his enlistment in September 1915, his age was recorded as 21 years 11 months. His occupation was recorded as labourer and horse...read more
Roy was born in Cookstown, Queensland where he worked as a stockman but he was also the brother of Mrs J Cassidy, Auburn.Private Hutson joined the 4 battalion, 12 reinforcements, force on 14 August, 1915 and sailed for the front in July 1916. He was wounded for the...read more
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
An electrician by trade, Walter Lawrence Murray aged 19 years, was living with his parents Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Murray in Phillip Street, Parramatta when he enlisted at Randwick, New South Wales on 17 August 1914. At this time, he was already a Private serving with the...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
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