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:
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
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...read more
In October 1917, Mrs. Wain, of Ross Street, Parramatta North, received news that her nephew, Private John Holding was killed in action in France on 20 September 1917. He lived with Mr. and Mrs. Wain in Parramatta North befere his marriage to Miss Edith Fuller (Mr....read more
Netley Hospital, c. 1915, http://www.lymington.org/historypic2/822.html Corporal Gilbert Anschau, whose father was Postmaster at Parramatta gives the following account of the amazing work done by Australian women to support ANZAC troops in London. After contracting...read more
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