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Weir, George Ernest

Born 21 November 1894 in Kiama, NSW, George Ernest Weir grew up at Wesley Park (in Kiama Heights), ‘between the hills and the sea’. The farm was very close to ‘Bush Bank’, the childhood home of his...

Wellings, Walter Milton

Private Walter Wellings (Service no. 1710) was born in Unanderra and at the time of enlistment he was described as a single 21 year old engine fitter. He had spent two years in the cadets and two...

Wells, John

John Wells (Service Numbers 335 & 2186)  was born in Gerringong, N.S.W. When John enlisted he was single, 26 years old, and worked as a farmhand.He...

Wells, Sidney James

Sidney Wells (Service No 1427) was born in Goulburn, N.S.W. around 1889.When Sidney enlisted at the age of 25, he lived at Bellambi, N.S.W. was employed as a labourer, and was a single...

Welsh, Walter Sealy Joseph

Private Walter Welsh (service number 1307) was born in Bulli, NSW. At the time of enlistment Walter was single, 19 years of age and employed as a miner from Bulli and had previously served 18...

Went, Henry William

Henry Went (Service No 590) was born in Williamstown, Victoria around 1887.At enlistment Henry was 29 years old, single, worked as a railway shunter, and lived at Bega House, Keira Street, Wollongong...

Westbury, Robert Thomas Bromfield

Robert Westbury (Service No 4309) was born in Mittagong, N.S.W. in 1899.Robert had first enlisted in 1915 but was discharged on 31st January 1916 as being underage.When he ...

Westwood, Francis Jeremiah

Francis Jeremiah Westwood (Service No 19157), was single, 27 years old, worked as a brickmaker, served in the CMF and lived in Woonona, N.S.W.Francis embarked on HMAT A8...

Wheeler, John

John Wheeler, a native of Corrimal was born to Alfred and Grace Wheeler. He was married to Agnes at the time of his enlistment. They had a son, John “Jack” Wheeler. Prior to the war, John worked as a...

Wheeler, John

John Wheeler (Service no. 5108) was born in Helensburgh, N.S.W. circa 1890.At enlistment, John was married, 26 years old, employed as a miner, and lived at Corrimal, N.S.W.He...

Wheen, Ronald (some documents use Roland) Gladwell

Ronald Wheen (Service No 3269) was born in Jamberoo, N.S.W. in 1899, one of eleven children.  He was the last of three brothers to enlist, his brothers Harold and Arthur enlisting in 1915 (see...

Whitcombe, George Martin

George Martin Whitcombe (Service No 5788), was born in Penryn, Cornwall, England around 1885.The 1891 census, in England, lists him as an adopted son. George arrived in Australia in 1912.At...

White, Edwin James

Edwin White (Service No 1418) was born in 1895. At the time of enlistment he was a single 20 year old farmer from Wollongong and had served 4 years in the CMF. He embarked on HMAT SS Hawkes Bay on...

Whitelaw, Archibald Black

Archibald Whitelaw (Service No 1986) was born in Glasgow, Scotland and came to Australia in 1912.At enlistment he was single, 24 years old, employed as a labourer and lived at Lilyfield, N.S.W....

Whitfield, Norman Harold

Norman Whitfield (Service No 2505) first enlisted as a Corporal in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force Tropical Unit embarking with F Company on 19th August 1914 on HMAT A35 Berrima...

Whitford, Alexander

Alexander Whitford was born in Wagga about 1891. At the time of enlistment he was described as a single 24 year old telegraphist at Wollongong. He embarked on HMAT A40 Ceramic with 5th...

Wickham, Charles

Private Charles Wickham (service no. 4330) was born in Mount Kembla.Charles enlisted in the AIF with his brother James. He embarked on HMAT A60 Aeneas with A Company 13th Battalion on 20th December,...

Wickham, James

Sapper James Wickham (service no. 5837) was born in Mount Kembla circa 1890.James initially enlisted under his real name on 11th January, 1916 but was "discharged for making false attestations" on...

Wildman, Reginald Raymond

Private Reginald Wildman (Service no. 1888) was born on 14th April, 1896 in Wollongong to a single mother, and he was a single 18 year old farm hand when he enlisted.Reginald had been living with...

Williams, Victor Clarence

Victor Williams (Service No 801) was born in Maitland, N.S.W. around 1892.  When he enlisted he was a single 21 year old labourer, living in Helensburgh, N.S.W.Victor enlisted early in the...

Williams, William James

William Williams (Service No 6336) was born in Corrimal, N.S.W. around 1898.William enlisted when he was 18 years old, single and worked as miner.  Previously, William ...

Williams, Edward John Joseph

Edward Williams (Service No 700) was born in Port Macquarie, N.S.W. around 1892.Edward enlisted when he was 24 years old.  He was single, employed as a storekeeper, and lived at Austinmer, N.S.W...

Williams, John Joseph

John Williams (Service No 3339) was born in Clifton, N.S.W. in 1886.In 1908 John married Clara Marshall. When he enlisted at the age of 29, John was working as a...

Williamson, John

John Williamson (Service No 4894) was born in Bishop Auckland, Newfield, Durham, England around 1876.John emigrated to Australia and settle with his wife Mary Jane in the Illawarra....

Williamson, Godfrey Eugene Peter

Godfrey Williamson (Service No 2503) was born at Tarrawanna near Wollongong, N.S.W.At enlistment Godfrey was single, 19 years old, worked as a coal miner, and lived at Corrimal, N.S.W.   Godfrey...

Willis, William Joseph

William Willis (Service No 4888) was born in Wollongong, NSW in 1892. At the time of enlistment he was a single 23 year old miner. He embarked on HMAT A15 Star of England with 15th Reinforcements,...

Willmott, John Thomas

John Willmott (Service No 2244) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. in 1890.At enlistment John was single, 25 years old,worked as a miner, and lived at Corrimal, N.S.W.  John...

Willoughby, Henry Alfred

Henry Willoughby (Service No 10005) was born in Braidwood, N.S.W. in 1897.At enlistment Henry was single, 18 years old, worked as a carter, and lived at Bulli, N.S.W.  He embarked from Sydney on...

Wilson, Frank John

Frank Wilson had a short but eventful life.  He was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1892.  It appears that in 1902 he became a ward of the state after his mother died. ...

Wilson, William Charles

William Wilson (Service No 2029) was born in Corrimal, N.S.W. around 1897. When William enlisted at the age of 18, he was single, living at Wee Waa, N.S.W., worked as a tram cleaner,...

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