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Webb, Henry Gunning

Henry Webb (Service No 2) was born in Somerset, England.  He saw service with the British in India and South Africa.In 1898 he married Annie Carter and they had 2 children.  Henry came to...

Weber, Guido Fritz Leopold Cyril

Guido Weber (Service No 6848) was born in Dubbo, N.S.W.  In 1902 he married Amelia Talbot in Wollongong, N.S.W. and they had 3 children before she died in 1911.  In 1912 he married Caroline...

Weeks, Thomas Edward

Thomas Weeks (Service No 2461) was born in Balgownie, NSW.At enlistment Thomas was single, 19 years old, worked as a blacksmith striker and had served in the Cadets and CMF.  He embarked from...

Weeks, Samuel Cunningham

Samuel Weeks (Service No 11428) was born in Wollongong in 1895.At enlistment Samuel was single, 20 years old, worked as an apprentice engineer and lived at Balgownie, NSW.  He had served 2 years...

Weippeart, Oliver Victor

Private Oliver Weippeart (Service No 2852) was born in Hay, NSW in about 1894.In November 1913, Oliver married Alice Eyre and together they had one child.At the time of enlistment Oliver was married...

Weir, Frederick Albert

Frederick Albert Weir (Service No 2938) was born in Albion Park, N.S.W. He enlisted at Victoria Barracks, Sydney on 15 January, 1916 at the age of 27. Initially a trooper with the 21st Reinforcement...

Weir, James Alexander

James Weir (Service No 4146) was born in Albion Park, N.S.W. around 1889 and attended Foxground Public School.When James enlisted in Brisbane at the age of 28, he was single...

Weir, Albert John

Albert Weir (Service No 13667) was born in Kiama, N.S.W. around 1893.  Like many Illawarra families the Weir family moved to the Northern Rivers area of N.S.W.When Albert enlisted he...

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 No 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 months in...

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...

West, Walter Burdett

Walter West (Service No 1785) was born in London, England.  On 27th July 1892 he enlisted in the Royal Navy and served until discharged in Sydney on 20th November 1901.  He moved to Woonona...

West, Jack Benjamin Stanley

Jack West (Service No 4562) was born in Sydney.At enlistment Jack was single, 18 years old, worked as a miner and lived at Thirroul, N.S.W.  He had served 4 years with the Cadets. Jack received...

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...

Whitehead, Frank

Frank Whitehead (Service No 430) was a single and employed as a foreman in Port Kembla.Frank embarked on HMAT A35 - Berrima with Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, C Company on 19th...

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...

Whyte, Alfred George

Alfred Whyte (Service No 2843) was born in Sydney in 1867.At enlistment Alfred stated his age to be 44, when in fact he was 48 years old at the time.  Alfred was single, employed as a drainer...

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...

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