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Ballinger, Arthur Percival

Arthur Ballinger (Service No 2108) was born in Coleford, England.When he enlisted, Arthur was 26 years old, single and worked as an orchardist.  He lived with his mother at 'Folly House',...

Banfield, Henry Evans

Private Henry Banfield (Service no. 2107) was born in Bega and at the time of his enlistment was a 27 year old accountant. He embarked on HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30th September, 1915 with 4th...

Banfield, Leonard John

Leonard John Banfield was born in Cobbity, N.S.W. in 1875. When Leonard enlisted with the AIF at the age of 39 years and 11 months, he was married with 4 children, and worked as a school teacher....

Barnaby, George

George Barnaby was born in Sydney about 1887. He was a single 27 year old clerk living in Helensburgh with his family. He enlisted in Perth and embarked on HMAT A2 Geelong with 1st Reinforcements,...

Barnet, Robert James MacGregor

Robert Barnet (Service No 2662) was born in Nowra. He was a single 20 year old surveyors assistant and still serving with the militia at the time of enlistment. Robert embarked on HMAT A14...

Barnett, Sydney

Sydney Barnett (Service No 1800) was born in Cobar, N.S.W. around 1885. He enlisted in Queensland and at which time was 31 years old, single, and working as a labourer. Sydney listed his widowed...

Barrett, John Aubrey

John Barrett (Service No. 2897) was born in Mount Kembla on the 29th of April 1895 to John and Kathleen Barrett. At the time of his enlistment he was a 20 year and listed his occupation as fruiterer...

Barrie, William

Private William Barrie (Service no. 5036) was born in Victoria circa 1878.On 12th December, 1900 he married Eliza Bertha Pitchford and some time after they moved to Helensburg where he worked as a...

Bartlett, Thomas Smith

Thomas Bartlett (Service No 1245) was born in Nowra, NSW and had married Beatrice Clark in 1903. At the time of enlistment he was a 40 year old labourer living in Wollongong with his family. He...

Bateman, Charles Daubeny

Charles Daubeny Bateman was born in 1892, the 8th child of 11 known children born to Dr. Arthur Wigley Bateman and Anna Louisa Kennedy. Dr Arthur Bateman built the family home ‘Ravensthorpe’ at...

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...

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...

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...

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