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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...

Bevan, William Victor

William Victor Bevan was born in Bulli, N.S.W.At enlistment, he was single, 23 years old, worked as a school teacher and lived in Thirroul, N.S.W. William had served 3 years with the Senior Cadets,...

Bevan, Rhys Hirwann

Rhys Hirwann Bevan (Service No 2524), was born in Bulli, N.S.W.At enlistment, he was single, 21 years old, worked as a labourer, lived in Thirroul, N.S.W., and had served 2 years with the 37th...

Bevan, Arthur Frank

Arthur Bevan (Service no 2908) was born in Wollongong, NSW.  At the time of enlistment Arthur was single, 18 years of age, employed as a clerk and had previously served 4 years with the Cadets....

Bevan, Griffith Ivor

Griffith Bevan (Service no 5044) was born in Neath, Wales in October 1887.At the time of enlistment Griffith was single, 28 years of age, employed as a miner and residing in Corrimal, NSW.He embarked...

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....

Bodimeade, Gavin George

Gavin George Bodimeade (Service No 2940) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W., in 1895.At enlistment he was 19 years old, single, worked as an ironmonger and had served 2 years with the Militia....

Bodimeade, Reginald Clive

Prior to the war, Reg worked as a carpenter. His father, F.C Bodimeade was a baker in Crown Street Wollongong.When Reg enlisted on 7 July 1915, he was only 15 (almost 16) years of age; his service...

Boles, Cecil Baden Powell

Cecil Baden Powell Boles was born in Kiama, N.S.W. on 1 May 1900. Cecil first enlisted at Coffs Harbour, N.S.W. on 21 January 1916. He stated his age as 18 years, and he was intially assigned to...

Bolton-Wood, Noel Eric

Noel Bolton-Wood (Service No 1910) was born in Dapto, N.S.W.At enlistment Noel claimed to be 19 years old but he was in fact due to turn 17 three weeks later.  He stated his occupation as...

Bone, William Joseph

William Joseph Bone (Service No 2330) was born in Albion Park, N.S.W.  William was employed as a carpenter and living in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Queensland, when he enlisted at the age of...

Booth, Robert John

Robert John Booth (Service No 5778) was born in Kiama, N.S.W in 1895.  He was 20 years old and working as a dairy farmer in Northern New South Wales when he enlisted at Lismore, N.S.W. ...

Booth, Robert William

Robert William Booth (Service No 2991) was born in Jamberoo, N.S.W.  He enlisted at Menangle Park, Sydney, N.S.W. when he was 22 years old.  At this time Robert was working as a farmer, and...

Booth, James Oliver Allan/ Alan

James Booth (Service No 6962) was born in Jamberoo, N.S.W. in 1895.  The family moved to Queensland, and when James enlisted in Brisbane, he was single, 21 years old, and working...

Booth, William Thomas

William Booth (Service No 341) was born in Forbes, NSW about 1890 and came with his family to Corrimal, NSW where he attended school. He was a single 22 year old miner, who had served in the St...

Booth, James Edward

James Booth was born in Forbes, NSW about 1892 and like his two brothers he came to Corrimal, NSW and attended school there. He served in the CMF and was a single 22 year old miner when he enlisted....

Booth, Alfred John

Alfred Booth (Service No 687) was the eldest of three brothers, all living at Corrimal, NSW. He and brother James Edward enlisted on the same day. Alfred was the only one of the three to return to...

Booth, William Wallace

William Wallace Booth was born in Kiama, NSW around 1893.At enlistment, William was single, 22 years of age, and was working as a shearer in Perth, WA.  William nominated his father Robert who...

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