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.
Henry was the son of Anna Brodie of Smithfield (Victoria Street), New South Wales. He was a farmer born in Blayney, New South Wales and was 25 when he joined the forces on 13 December 1915. He served with the 18th Infantry Battalion in France from April 1917 and was...read more
Reginald Wilfred Mclauchlan enlisted on the 24 August 1914. Previously he served 3 years and 4 months on the 29 regiment (ARR). At the age of 28 he was assigned to embark on the HMAT Afric A19. The ship set sail from Sydney on the 18 October 1914. The 1914-15 Star,...read more
Private George Edward Gentle, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private George Edward Gentle was severely wounded by a shell at Armentieres, France, as he was coming up to the trenches on the 14 November 1916. His death was reported in the...read more
John (also referred to as Maxwell John Berney in some war service correspondence) was the second son of Luc (Louis) Bernasconi of Jersey Street, Guildford New South Wales. He was born in Sydney and was a Fettler on the Great Western Railway in the mountains before he...read more
[The following insight into the psychological trauma war inflicts upon its soldiers and the way the Military appears to have failed some of these appeared in the Cumberland Argus and Fruit-growers Advocate, 10 February 1917. It was written by Signaler Harold C. Sweet,...read more
Timeline World War 1 (WWI) was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and ended with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. 1914 June 28 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to Austria-Hungary's throne, and his wife, Sophie, are assassinated by...read more
"A Hero Killed" was the headline reporting the sad tidings of the death, in action, of Private James Copeland, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs John Stein. The hero met his death on 8 November 1916. Prior to enlisting he was in the Permanent Artillery in Sydney for a number...read more
7488 Private Walter Leslie Halligan, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Walter Leslie Halligan was 23 years old when he joined the Australian Infantry Force (A.I.F.) 5 Infantry Battalion, 25 Reinforcements on Monday 6 November 1916, at the Royal...read more
Vice President War Chest Society President of the Red Cross Society Parramatta. (1863- Sept 1960) Lady Mary Cook was born in Staffordshire, England in 1863. She came from a mining family where her brothers had left to work in the mine. Mary became a school teacher at...read more
The Battle of Beersheba is one of the most notable mounted charges by the Australian Light Horse Regiments. On 31 October 1917, the 4th and 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment launched a dramatic charge, with bayonets "swords" in hands, to defeat Turkish troops near...read more
In October 1917, Mrs. Wain, of Ross Street, Parramatta North, received news that her nephew, Private John Holding was killed in action in France on 20 September 1917. He lived with Mr. and Mrs. Wain in Parramatta North befere his marriage to Miss Edith Fuller (Mr....read more
Netley Hospital, c. 1915, http://www.lymington.org/historypic2/822.html Corporal Gilbert Anschau, whose father was Postmaster at Parramatta gives the following account of the amazing work done by Australian women to support ANZAC troops in London. After contracting...read more
Private Francis Bede Kennedy, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Francis Bede Kennedy or ‘Ken’ to his friends enlisted on 16 November 1917 at Parramatta. He was 27 years old bachelor when he joined the Australian Forces. His service number was 7772....read more
In 1918, Mrs. Horsman, of 'Kiwi,' Manchester Road, Auburn, received word that her husband, Private William Horsman, was killed in action on 30 May. He was 42 years of age, a native of England, and prior to enlisting worked at Richmond. He was attached to the 1st...read more
Robert Arthur Sloan enlisted on 17 January, 1917 in the 13 Infantry Battalion (24-26 Reinforcement) February 1917 - March 1917, and embarked at Sydney on 7th February 1917 on board HMAT “Wiltshire" A18. He was 24 years old at the time, single and working as a...read more
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