Parramatta and World War One
On ANZAC Day, April 25 2019, 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:
Sergeant John Jeffery, a labourer, enlisted on 24 August 1915 at the age of twenty one. He came from the Hunter's Hill area. He named his wife Marion as his next of kin. At the time of his enlistment, he and his wife were living with her parents in Dixon Street,...read more
Elmore was the son of Mrs Maude Gane of Guildford (Calliope Street), New South Wales, who was a 20 year old Telephonist when he joined the forces on 31 May 1916. He was serving with the 20th Infantry A.M.F. Unit at time of enrollment and was assigned immediately to...read more
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
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