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.
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...read more
32912 Gunner Robert Leslie Dick Moxham, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Driver (later Gunner) Robert ‘Les’ Leslie Dick Moxham is the second son of the late State Minister Thomas Robert Moxham (Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly) and Mary...read more
Private Warrick James McLeod was born in Granville New South Wales. He enlisted at Liverpool on 27 February 1915 at the age of twenty one. His occupation was recorded as sign writer. Private McLeod had previously served with the Militia and 20 Infantry Citizen...read more
1224 Private (later Lance Corporal) William Charles Hearne, from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 William Charles Hearne (18/10/1896 - 23/02/1969) was the eldest son of George and Jayne Hearne, of Pitt Street, Granville. He was a labourer when he...read more
Walter was the son of Sidney Williams of Smithfield (Poland Street), New South Wales. He was born in Smithfield and was working as a Storeman, aged 23, when he joined the forces on 12 December 1915. He trained in England with the 36th Infantry Battalion before...read more
Private Walter McLaren was a 22 year old labourer from Earley Street Parramatta. He was married to Alma McLaren. He enlisted on 17 August 1915. He embarked with his unit from Sydney aboard the HMAT Medic A7 on 30 December 1915. He was wounded in action, with a shell...read more
Walter was the son of Sidney Williams of Smithfield (Poland Street), New South Wales. He was born in Smithfield and was working as a Storeman, aged 23, when he joined the forces on 12 December 1915. He trained in England with the 36 Infantry Battalion before...read more
4040 Private (later Corporal) Harold Allister McDougall, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Harold Allister McDougall was born on 1887 at Maclean, New South Wales. He was the son of Allister and Agnes McDougall. At the age of 28, he enlisted in the...read more
Private Alfred Maxwell Lawn, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Alfred, a brother to Herbert (service number 1978) and Horace (service number 2892), enlisted in the 20 Infantry Battalion on 30 June 1917. His service number was 3341. At the time, he...read more
Private William John Flack, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private William John Flack embarked from Sydney on the 20 January 1916 on the HMAT Runic A54. He was 21 years of age and a machinist when he joined the army on the 27 August 1915. He...read more
Private Ray Hector Page was born in Rooty Hill New South Wales. He was twenty one years of age and single at the time of his enlistment at Liverpool on 19 January 1916. He named his sister Mrs Agnes Baldwin who lived in East Street Granville as his next of...read more
3380 Private Reginald Clive Mottershead, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Reginald Clive Mottershead was born in 1893 in Parramatta, the third son of Mr Frances William and Eliza Ann Mottershead (nee Dean). The family resided at “Addswood,” Ross...read more
Private Harry Newhouse was born in Pyrmont New South Wales. He enlisted at Liverpool on 7 January 1915 at the age of nineteen. He had previously served in the Citizen Forces for five years. His occupation at the time of his enlistment was recorded as engine...read more
Private Walter Frost, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Walter Frost was the son of Mr Charles Frost, a butcher employed for many years by the well known Parramatta resident, Mr Hugh Taylor, and brother of Mrs T. Williams of Good Street...read more
Trooper William Fredrick Freeman was a 22 year old horse driver from Parramatta. He lived with his parents, Harry N. Freeman and Kate Ada Freeman, and his siblings in Albert Street, Parramatta. He was the brother of Private Herbert Freeman, Private Percy Freeman,...read more
Private Oswald Nicholson was born in Granville New South Wales. He first enlisted on 16 August 1914, embarked overseas for service on 19 August 1914 serving in the Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit) 1 Battalion in then New Guinea (now Papua New...read more
Badlu Singh was a Hindu Jat born in Dhakla Village, District Haryana, India. He was born on 13 January 1876 and died in action on 23 September 1918 He was a Rissaldar (commander of a risala - mounted troop) in the 14th Murray's Jat Lancers, attached to the 29th...read more
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
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