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Bayne, William Alexander

William Bayne (Service No 913) was born in Grangemouth, Scotland around 1887.At enlistment, William was 26 years of age, single, employed as a miner, and lived at Bulli, N.S.W.He embarked from Sydney...

Baynton, John

John Baynton (Service No 1139) was born in Frome, England and had served 3 years full time and 9 years part time in the Royal Garrison Artillery.  John had served in Gibralter and Malta before...

Beach, William Alexander

William Beach (Service No 1034) was born in Dapto, N.S.W. and attended Dapto Public school. William was one of 12 children and the son of world champion sculler, William Beach.At enlistment William...

Beach, Harry Gibbons

Harry Beach (Service No 3014) was born in Dapto, N.S.W. and attended Dapto Public School.  One of 12 children, Harry was the son of world champion sculler William Beach.At enlistment Harry was...

Beacom, Joseph Archdall

Joseph Beacom (Service No 874) was born at Kangaroo Valley, NSW about 1884. He went to Barrengarry Public School and had served time with 1st Australian Light Horse Lancers. He was a single 30 year...

Beaton, Robert

Robert Beaton (Service No 5334) was born in Newcastle, N.S.W. around 1894.At enlistment, Robert was single, 23 years old, employed as a tea blender, and lived in Wollongong, N.S.W....

Beatus, Phineas

Phineas Beatus (Service No 6185), known as Sonny, was born in Wollongong, N.S.W.  He was the grandson of Phineas Beatus who had a store at Unanderra, N.S.W. for many years.At enlistment Sonny...

Becker, Jack

Jack Becker (Service No 2382) was educated at Albion Park Public School in N.S.W.  Before he enlisted at Kiama, N.S.W., he had served as a Senior Cadet for 3 1/2 years.  Jack...

Becker, Jack

Jack Becker was born about 1898 and attended Albion Park Public School. He had spent three and a half years in the cadets and was with the 37th Infantry CMF when he enlisted. He was a single 19 year...

Bedford, William Adams

William Bedford (Service No 5037) was born in Bath, England in April 1893. He arrived in Australia aged 19 and worked as a farm labourer in the Kiama, NSW area. As a single 23 year old, he was keen...

Bedford, Arthur Churchill

Arthur Bedford (Service No 100) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1893.He enlisted when he was 20 years old.  At that time he was single and employed as a clerk.Arthur...

Beecham, Edward Stanley

Private Beecham (Service no: 4002) was born approximately July 1898 in Corrimal, the son of Thomas Beecham.He enlisted at the age of 18 in 1916 and both parents signed his enlistment papers. His...

Bell, Thomas

Thomas Bell (Service No 6215) was born in Adamstown, N.S.W. around 1888.  In 1908 he married Elsie Mansfield at Woonona, N.S.W.Thomas enlisted at Kiama, N.S.W. when he was...

Bell, Thomas Henry

Thomas Bell (Service No 3770) was born at Mount Keira, via Wollongong, N.S.W.   In 1905 he married Beatrice Campbell.When Thomas enlisted he was 32 years old and working as a...

Bell, James Foster

Sapper James Bell (Service no. 1407) was born in Mount Kembla on 5th August, 1885. He was a single, 29 year old miner when he enlisted in the AIF. He embarked on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20th...

Bennett, Frederick Henry

Frederick Henry Bennett (Service No 1718) was born in Cairns, Queensland. He was 19 years of age, single, and working as a labourer when he enlisted in January 1915.Frederick nominated Florence...

Bennett, Frederick William Charles

Frederick William Charles Bennett was born in Birkenhead, Chesire, England. Fred's family arrived in Australia when he was 9 months old. Fred was living at Thirroul, N.S.W. when he enlisted. He...

Best, Robert Sparkes

Robert Sparkes Best was born in 1890 in Thirroul to Frederick Best and Agnes Rebekah Reid (nee). He was a builder prior to the war. He enlisted 4 December 1916 at Thirroul at the age of 26. Robert...

Biggar, John

John Biggar (Service No 19039) was born in Corrimal, N.S.W. around 1893 and attended Corrimal Superior Public School.John, who had served 12 months with the CMF, was 22 years old when...

Biggers, James Ernest

James Biggers (Service No 2355) was born in Orange, N.S.W. around 1883.  The family moved to Mount Kembla, N.S.W. soon after.When James enlisted at the age of 32, he was single and worked as a...

Biggers, Harold Edwin

Gunner Harold Biggers (Service no. 38318) was described as a 21 year old Clerk on his enlistment papers but in reality he was only 17 at the time. He embarked on SS Canberra with 32nd Reinforcements...

Blackett, George Oswald Campbell

George Blackett (Service No 1884) was a single 19 year old miner from Scarborough, NSW who had spent time with the 37th Infantry CMF. He embarked on HMAT A54 Runic on 9th August 1915 with 3rd...

Blackett, James Colville

James Blackett was born in Bathurst about 1889 and moved to Scarborough with his family. At enlistment he was a single 23 year old labourer who had spent 12 months with the St Georges Rifles CMF...

Blackett, Ralph Henry

Private Ralph Blackett (Service no. 369) was born in Charters Towers, Queensland on 5th February, 1882. The family came to Mount Kembla where two of his brothers, Albert and Robert, were killed in...

Blackett, Charles Edward

Private Charles Blackett (service no. 368) was born circa 1891.He was married at the time of enlistment. He embarked on HMAT A20 Hororata on 2nd May, 1916 with his brother Ralph. Charles served on...

Blackett, Joseph

Private Joseph Blackett (service no. 1915) was born in 1892 and was the first of 3 brothers to enlist.He embarked on HMAT A55 Kyarra with 4th Battalion on 13th April, 1915. After arriving in Egypt he...

Blair, George Oswald

Private George Blair (Service no: 1914) was born in Leichardt but lived in North Kiama and attended the Superior Public School, Kiama. Before enlistment he worked as a horse driver....

Blake, David

 David Blake (Service No 6217) was born in Keiraville, near Wollongong,  NS.W.David enlisted at Wollongong when he was 26 years old and working as a coal miner.  David was  ...

Blanksby, Leslie Holmes

Leslie Holmes Blanksby  (Service No 3833) was born in Wollongong. In 1905 he married Beatrice Lee at Redfern, N.S.W and they had 5 children.The son of Mr James Blanksby, a Member...

Blyton, David Leighton

David Blyton (Service No 2038) was a single 31 year old labourer living at Helensburgh when he enlisted. He embarked on HMAT A54 Runic on 9th August 1915 with 3rd Reinforcements, 10th Battalion....

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