Ku-ring-gai Historical Society Inc
incorporating the
Ku-ring-gai Family History Centre

Rallying the Troops: A World War I Commemoration

Close to 1800 men and women with links to Ku-ring-gai served in World War I.  They came from all walks of life, from labourers to university lecturers.  Their origins were diverse, not only from the immediate locality but also from other parts of New South Wales, from other states and from other countries.

Their achievements were many: over 160 were decorated for their bravery. A similar number were recommended for decorations. Their losses were great: just under 300 lost their lives and the health of many survivors was compromised. What all did for their nation is monumental.

Initially 1300 names were known from the many memorials throughout Ku-ring-gai but subsequent research and publicity have revealed nearly 500 additional veterans.

All volumes in this series have been researched and written by members and associates of Ku-ring-gai Historical Society.

Volume 1

Rallying the Troops Vol I

Volume I (432 pages), with a foreword by Dr Brendan Nelson, contains the war stories of those with names beginning A to F, approximately one quarter of all those who volunteered.  It also includes chapters on Ku-ring-gai as it was at the outbreak of war, on recruiting, enlistment, the rifle clubs, pre-war training and the early battles in which our veterans were involved, information on our local memorials and a guide to the memorials and cemeteries overseas where our dead are commemorated.

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Rallying the Troops Vol II

Volume II

Volume II (414 pages) contains a foreword by Major General Gordon Maitland AO, OBE RFD ED (Ret’d), a distinguished military historian and doyen of the veteran community. This volume contains biographical entries for Ku-ring-gai veterans with names beginning G to K. Other chapters include the extensive training undergone both in Australia and overseas, the Engineer Officers Training School at Roseville that attracted students from all over Australia, and our veterans’ participation in the major campaigns and battles in the Middle East, and on the Western Front at Fromelles, Pozières, Mouquet Farm and Bullecourt.

Volume III

Volume III (653 pages) has a foreword by Major General The Honourable Justice Paul Brereton AM RFD, Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW and distinguished Army Reservist. In addition to biographical entries for names beginning L to R, this volume contains chapters on the 1917 battles of Messines and Third Ypres (which includes Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde and the disastrous Passchendaele), and on Edgeworth David and the tunnelling companies. Supportive chapters includeRallying the Troops Vol III casualty clearance from the battlefield, medical issues, doctors and nurses, chaplains, the Red Cross and other volunteer organisations both overseas and in Australia.

The volumes contain appendices including the Australian military structure in World War I, an illustrated glossary of terms, honours and awards, lists of those who lost their lives and where they are buried or commemorated, and the decorated. The names of all WWI Ku-ring-gai volunteers are listed separately.

Each volume is indexed.

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Volume IV is planned for release by November 2018.

Table of Contents for Volume I
Index to Volume I
Table of Contents for Volume II
Index to Volume II
Table of Contents for Volume III
Index to Volume III
Veterans mentioned in Volumes I, II, III and IV
Those who gave their lives: where overseas they are buried or commemorated

The books may be purchased at the following prices:

Volume I:      $40
Volume II:     $35 ($30 if already purchased Volume I)
Both Volumes I & II: $70

Volume III:     $50   

P&P within Australia is: 1 book $15; 2 books $20; 3 books $20  

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