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.
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
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
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