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.
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
Miss Dulce Davies Little, who lived at Alice Street Harris Park, Sydney, was born in Parramatta on the 11 April 1894 to Thomas and Mary Little. Her baptism was registered at Saint John’s Church, Parramatta, on the 21 April 1894.[i] Miss Little became the Commandant of...read more
During the First World War, over 160,000 Indian soldiers served in France. The Lahore and Meerut infantry divisions of Indian Army were selected for service in Europe. In October, shortly after they arrived, they were fed into some of the fiercest fighting around...read more
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