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 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
Hardit Singh Malik was born on 22nd November 1894. Hardit Singh Malik was born on 22nd November 1894 and was the first Indian to fly into combat with the Royal Flying Corps. Hardit was educated at a public school,Eastborne college and went on to Balliol College...read more
4791 Private Oliver James Harmon, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Oliver (Joe) James Harmon joined the 15 reinforcements of the 13 Infantry Battalion on 10 November 1915 when the Gilgandra Coo-ees passed through Parramatta. He was the fourth of...read more
Sapper (military engineer) Albert William Jarman was born in Kent, England and was a shipwright by trade. He was married to Linda Maude Jarman and they lived in Wentworth Street, Harris Park Parramatta. They had two children. Sapper Alfred William Jarman enlisted to...read more
Sergeant Athol William McKinnon was a 31 year old school teacher living in Port Macquarie. His sister was Mrs Annie Perry of Baulkham Hills, New South Wales. His parents died when he was a child, and he was subsequently raised by his sister. He enlisted on 22 August...read more
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
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