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Warrington, Dora Eleanor

Staff Nurse Dora Warrington was born in Dapto circa 1891. She attended Unanderra Public School and afterward she trained as a nurse. When she enlisted she was 26 years old. She embarked on SS Wyreema...

Washbourne, William Edward

William Washbourne (Service No 60046) was born in Derbyshire, England and came to Australia with his family in 1916.William enlisted when he was 19 years old; he was single, worked as...

Waters, Mark Elms

Mark Waters (Service no 1270) was born in Durham, England, around 1893, and arrived in Australia in 1911.Mark enlisted when he was 23 years old.  He was single and ...

Watson, Arthur Henry

Arthur Watson was born about 1886. At the time of enlistment (Service No 1658) he was a single 28 year old labourer, living in Wollongong, NSW, and had spent 10 years in the CMF. He embarked on...

Watson, Frederick William

Frederick Watson (Service No 479) was born in London in January 1896.  By 1916 Frederick was living in Australia.Frederick enlisted when he was 20 years old; he was single and...

Watterson, Phillip Alfred

Philip Watterson (Service No 974) was born in Orange, N.S.W.At enlistment Philip was single, 27 years old, and was working a farm at Woonona, N.S.W. Philop had served 5 years with the Militia.He...

Watts, John William

John Watts (Service No 5265) was born at Meroo Meadows, N.S.W.He enlisted when he was 24 years old and single.  John worked as a labourer and lived in Berry, N.S.W.  His...

Watts, Leslie

Leslie Watts (Service No 2758) was born in Jamberoo, N.S.W.Leslie enlistment at the age of 22.  He was single and a farmer.He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A40 Ceramic with 6th...

Watts, Warren James

Warren Watts (Service No 2749) was born in Windsor, N.S.W. around 1888.Warren was 28 years old, single, and worked as a butter packer at Nowra, N.S.W. when he enlisted with...

Watts, William Arthur

William Watts (Service No 2748) was born at Terara near Nowra, N.S.W. in 1893.  William enlisted in nearby Kiama with his brother Warren (Service No 2749).  He...

Wearing, James

James Wearing (Service No 7551) was born in Neath, South Wales about 1883.When James enlisted at the age of 34 he lived in the Illawarra region of N.S.W.  He was single and employed as an engine...

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...

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...

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 ...

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

Private John Wheeler (Service no. 5108) was born in Helensburg circa 1890 and was a married 26 year old miner from Corrimal. He embarked on HMAT A31 Ajana on 5th July, 1916 with 13th Reinforcements...

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...

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...

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...

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