Parramatta and World War One

a 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.

Lady Mary Cook (Dame of the Order of the British Empire)

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...

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World War One – Battle of Beersheba

Ride into History: The Charge of Beersheba. It is likely that the above photograph is of a re-enactment some weeks after the event (AWM: P03723_001) The Battle of Beersheba is one of the most notable mounted charges by the Australian Light Horse Regiments. On 31...

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World War One – Parramatta Soldiers – William Horsman

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...

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World War One – Commandant Dulce Davies Little

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...

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World War One – Indian Soldiers

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...

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Parramatta Soldier – Victor Earle Brinkman

Victor was the eldest son of Mrs J. Brinkman of Guildford New South Wales (Myrtle Cottage, Albert Parade, and later ʺLe Royʺ Calliope Street). He was born in Cabramatta and was a Railway Porter when he joined the forces on 7 May 1915 at 22 years of age. He served with...

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