Parramatta and World War One
In 2018, we mark the end of 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.
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
Trooper Merza Tucker Jeffery (known as Bob) enlisted on 5 March 1917 at the age of eighteen. He was single and his occupation was recorded as clerk. He named his father Harold as his next of kin. They lived in Harris Street, Granville. He embarked for service...read more
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...read more
Private William Francis Walton was a 29 year old journalist living in Emmaville, New South Wales. Commonly known as either "Will" or "Billy", he was the son of Mr William James Walton, one time owner of the Narrabri "Age" newspaper and former alderman of Narrabri, and...read more
406 Private Thomas "Tommie" Verran Hammond, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Thomas, a well known champion racing cyclist in the Granville district, was perhaps best known for "scooping the pool at Clyde, sports on Easter Monday, 1912, and in the...read more
Frank William Lindeman was born to Mary Lynch and George Sydney Lindeman on the 31 of December 1891. Frank married Hilda Agnes before he enlisted to join the army. As a native to North Sydney, he attended Sydney Grammar School. He served two and half years in the...read more
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
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