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 -Private Henry John

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...

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World War One – War Chest Society, Parramatta

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...

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World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – Allan Colquhoun

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...

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World War One – Parramatta Soldier – Allan Colquhoun

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....

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World War One – Parramatta Soldier – William Child

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...

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