Parramatta and World War One

a 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.

World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Alfred Osborne

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...

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World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Roy James Hutson

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...

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World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Charles Gapes

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...

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World War One – Indian Soldier – Subedar Manta Singh

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...

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