Parramatta and World War One
We welcome visitors to the Parramatta & Visitor Information Centre, to view the touch table displays and publications which pay tribute to the Australians who fought in military operations.
In 2018, we marked the end of the Centenary of World War One, also known as ‘The Great War,’ which endured from 4 August 1914 to 11 November 1918.
The City of Parramatta Research and Collection Services, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, compiled the biographies of 1,962 soldiers, seamen and nurses from the Parramatta District – the culmination of a four-year project.
These stories of dedication, courage and loss are featured here as well as the interactive touch table display in the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre.
We’re also publishing a range of eBooks from our ‘World War One’ series:
- ‘Parramatta Nurses’
- ‘Indian Soldiers’
- ‘Served in Palestine’
- ‘Prisoners of War’
- ‘Courage Under Fire’
- ‘Survival Stories’
- ‘Horse Soldiers’
- ‘Letters to Home’
- ‘Battle of Beersheba’
- ‘Served in Belgium’
- ‘Killed in Action’
- ‘Parramatta Naval Officers’
- ‘Roll of Honor’
- ‘Helles Memorial & Indian Soldiers’
- Parramatta ANZACS at Gallipoli 1915‘
- ‘Helles Memorial & Australian Soldiers’
Private Jack Oliffe was born on the 17th of August 1893, in Calverton Queensland. After enlisting his services to the Australian army on the 19th of July 1917, he embarked the HMAT Ulysses A38 from Sydney on the 19th of December. He joined his comrades of the 11th...read more
Private Horace Frederick Robinson was a 19 year old clerk from "Roslyn", Cowper Street Granville. He was born in Kent, England, to John Robinson, and was the younger brother of Henry James Robinson. He enlisted on 20 July 1915 and was assigned to 30 Infantry...read more
Private William Hugh Robertson was a 22 year old grocer from Wilson Street, Wollongong, New South Wales, when he enlisted. He was born in Nowra and enlisted in Liverpool. He was the son of Mr John Robertson and Mrs Jessie Johnson Wallace. He had two brothers who were...read more
Private William Lawrence McKay was a 22 year old laborer from the Parramatta branch of the Australian Gas-Light Company. He and his family lived in Cleveland Street, Sydney. He was single and a Roman Catholic. He was the son of Mr H McKay and Mrs Margaret McKay. He...read more
Private William Hawkey enlisted on 28 June 1915. He was a 22 year old, police constable. He was living in Campbell's Hill, Merrylands, with his wife Mrs Chrissie Winfred Hawkey. He married Chrissie on Saturday 14 August 1915 before embarking for war. He was a member...read more
Native to Richmond New South Wales, Arthur Kindred was born to Mary and Charles Kindred. On the 3rd of August 1915, at the age of 22, he gallantly enlisted his services to the Australian Army. The HMAT Port Lincoln A17 set sail from Sydney on the 13th of October 1915,...read more
William was the son of G.D. Fisk of Guildford, New South Wales. He was born in Inverell, New South Wales and was a 24 year old shop assistant when he joined the forces on 22 March 1915. He married Miss Ella Virtue (also of Guildford) on 8th April 2015 prior to...read more
Hardit Singh Malik was born on 22nd November 1894. Hardit Singh Malik was born on 22nd November 1894 and was the first Indian to fly into combat with the Royal Flying Corps. Hardit was educated at a public school,Eastborne college and went on to Balliol College...read more
4791 Private Oliver James Harmon, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Oliver (Joe) James Harmon joined the 15 reinforcements of the 13 Infantry Battalion on 10 November 1915 when the Gilgandra Coo-ees passed through Parramatta. He was the fourth of...read more
Sapper (military engineer) Albert William Jarman was born in Kent, England and was a shipwright by trade. He was married to Linda Maude Jarman and they lived in Wentworth Street, Harris Park Parramatta. They had two children. Sapper Alfred William Jarman enlisted to...read more
Sergeant Athol William McKinnon was a 31 year old school teacher living in Port Macquarie. His sister was Mrs Annie Perry of Baulkham Hills, New South Wales. His parents died when he was a child, and he was subsequently raised by his sister. He enlisted on 22 August...read more
2212 Private James Morrish, from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 James Morrish was a native of England. He arrived in Australia 12 to 13 years before his enlistment on 5 March 1916 with the Australian Imperial Force, 45 Infantry Battalion, 4 Reinforcements...read more
Sergeant Francis William Owens was born in Narromine New South Wales. He was a farmer and son of the late Francis Owens, grazier, of Owendale Narromine. He had previously served for eleven years as Sergeant in the Permanent Artillery. He enlisted at South Head as a...read more
Private Leslie Francis Lott was a 23 year old wood machinist from Railway Street, Rockdale, New South Wales. He was the son of Mr Harry Lott. He enlisted on 20 November 1914 and was assigned to the 4 Infantry Battalion, 2 Reinforcements. He embarked with his unit...read more
Sapper Walter Longford was a 64 year old ex-signalman from Granville. He was the widowed husband of Mrs Mary Longford and the father of son Walter Longford of Milton Street, Granville, and of daughter Mrs T. J. Price of Cooper Street, Katoomba. He enlisted on 15...read more
Private Alfred John Lines was an 18 year old Engineer's buyer from Alfred Street, Granville. He was the son of Mr Alfred Lines and Mrs Emily Lines, also of Alfred Street, Granville. He was born in Mooney Ponds, Victoria. He enlisted on 28 October 1915 and was assigned...read more
Private Frank Henry Leydecker was an 18 year old operator from Alfred Street, Granville. He was the son of Mr Frank James Leydecker, and Mrs J Leydecker. He enlisted on 15 November 1915 and was assigned to the 20 Infantry Battalion, 10 Reinforcements. He embarked with...read more
Private Robert William Lee was a 21 year old iron moulder from Clyde Street, Clyde. He was the son of Mrs Bessie Lee. He enlisted on 8 June 1915 and was assigned to the 1 Infantry Battalion, 8 Reinforcements. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT Runic A54 from...read more
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