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:
Private Leonard Raymond Kell, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Leonard (Service Number 5354), with his older brother, William Edwin Kell (Service Number 4460) enlisted on 13 December 1915. He was born in Taree, New South Wales in 1897 to Joseph...read more
Private Conrad Arthur John Ford, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Conrad Arthur Ford embarked on the 25 October 1916 from Sydney on the HMAT Ascanius A11, and was serving in the 18 Infantry Battalion - 14 to 17 Reinforcements. Conrad was...read more
Private William Arthur Head enlisted 17 August 1914. He was a 25 year old single man working as a hospital attendant in a North Parramatta hospital. He was born in Bristol, England, and was part of the Church of England. His mother, Charlotte Head, died after he went...read more
Private Henry John was employed by the Railway Department at Lidcombe as a woodworking machinist. He was twenty five years of age when he enlisted for service on 27 June 1916. He married Dorothy on 12 August 1916 and they lived in Short Street, North Parramatta. He...read more
Private Archie McWilliam was born in Marrickville, Sydney. Prior to enlisting he worked in the country and his occupation was recorded as station hand. He was eighteen years old when he enlisted on 26 April 1916 at Granville. His mother Jane McWilliam of Abbot...read more
Private Ernest Thomas Lakey was a 19 year old from Granville, New South Wales. He worked with the locomotives on the railway line. He was the son of Mr Thomas Lakey and Mrs Annie Lakey of Bennalong Street, Granville. He enlisted on 15 February 1915 and was assigned to...read more
Private Charles Laird was a 32 year old boilermaker from Blaxell Street, Granville. He was married to Mrs Bessie Marie Laird and was the father of Leonard Charles Laird and Olive Esther Marie Laird. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. He enlisted on 18...read more
Gunner Frank L'Estrange was a 25 clerk from Gregory Street, Granville. He was the brother of Mrs. Elizabeth Diggens. He enlisted on 8 October 1914 and was assigned to the 7 Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section. He embarked with his unit from Sydney aboard the...read more
Private William Henry Freeman was a 28 year old labourer. He lived with his wife Mrs Elizabeth Freeman, formerly Ms Elizabeth Ewart, in Factory Street, Clyde, New South Wales. They had a daughter called Daphne Grace Freeman. He enlisted on 26 May 1915 and was assigned...read more
In 1917, Mayor Alderman F.J.Thomas called a meeting to discuss the establishment of the Parramatta branch of the War Chest Society. Fifty local women attended to work out ways of providing comfort for Australian soldiers in Egypt, France and other war zones. And on...read more
Private Stanley James McIntosh was a 24 year old carter from Armadale New South Wales. He was the son of Mr and Mrs J. McIntosh of Parramatta. He enlisted under the name of Stanley James Yule, so that his parents wouldn't know he had enlisted. He named his cousin Miss...read more
Private Norman Osborn Langford was the son of Mr Alfred Langford of Good Street, Granville, New South Wales. He enlisted on 1 March 1915 and was assigned to the 19 Infantry Battalion. He died of Meningitis at the Garrison Hospital in Australia on 7 May 1915. He is...read more
Private Alexander Richardson Kyle was a 30 year old Engineer's mechanic born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. He lived with his wife Mrs Flora Kyle in Glen Street, Granville. He enlisted on 22 March 1917 and was assigned to the 3 Infantry Battalion. He...read more
Corporal Otto Godfrey Charles Kohlhardt was a 22 year old telegraphist from Wenden, Trongate Street, Granville. He was born in Marulan, New South Wales. He was the son of Mr G. and Mrs Annie I. Kohlhardt, also of Wenden, Trongate Street, Granville. He enlisted on 19...read more
Gunner Thomas George Jones was a 22 year old machinist from Australia Street, Granville. He was the son of William Alfred Jones, who was deceased, and the brother of Mrs E. McKay and Mrs A. McKay, also of Australian Street, Granville. He enlisted on 22 September 1915...read more
Allan was the son of Geo. Colquhoun of Guildford and nephew of Mr and Mrs Andrew Colquhoun of Belmont Street, Loftus Park, New South Wales. He was a saddler, born in Glebe, New South Wales and was 18 years and 4 months when he joined the forces on 11 November 1915. He...read more
Private Robert McMillan Johnstone was a 27 year old chef from Fernleigh, Alfred Street, Granville. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His next of kin was Nellie Davidson, also of Alfred Street, Granville. He enlisted on 14 June 1915 and was assigned to the 1 Infantry...read more
Allan was the son of George Colquhoun of Guildford and nephew of Mr and Mrs Andrew Colquhoun of Belmont Street, Loftus Park, New South Wales. He was a saddler, born in Glebe, New South Wales and was 18 years and 4 months when he joined the forces on 11 November 1915....read more
5380 Private Leslie Ambrose Harvey, copy from Parramatta Soldiers, Cumberland Argus, 1920 Private Leslie Ambrose Harvey (1896-1917) made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he was killed in action in France, on 2 April 1917, aged only 21. The son of Thomas...read more
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