Honour Roll

We need you

To commemorate the centenary of World War 1, Wollongong City Libraries will develop an innovative online resource – Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 – which will include information and photographs that tell the stories of the Illawarra’s brave men and women who went to war. We need your help.

There are a number of Honour Rolls and Memorials across the Illawarra which commemorate the men and women involved in the war. Below is a photograph of Marshall Mount School Honour Roll (NB. The rolls and memorials may have changed location since the time the photograph was taken).


Marshall Mount Public School Ex-pupils: 1914-1918 Roll of Honour.

J. Piper
T. Harnan
B. Daley *
W. Pearson
A. Thomas
C. Moore *
P.Uden *
E. Parish *
M. Reen
E. Dare
H. Timbs
E.W Denniss
L. Banfield *
F. Dawes
T. Moore
H. Allen
F. Perry
E. Taylor
W.H Rutledge

*  Killed

If anyone has any information about the names on this Honour Roll (or any other), please let us know either through the contact page, in person at Wollongong Reference Library or by calling the Reference Library on (02) 4227 7414.

[Compiled by Illawarra Family History Group Inc, Illawarra Remembers: War Memorials of the Illawarra, Printed by University of Wollongong Printery, Wollongong NSW, August 1995.

Percy Smedley Draper

Percy Smedley Draper was born on 11 December 1881 at Clifton to Frederick William Draper and Mary Jane Hincks (nee). He was the oldest surviving son of ten children. The family had moved to Clifton in early December just before Percy was born; his grandfather, Frederick William Draper Snr was also a resident at Clifton. His grandmother, Elizabeth Draper (nee Smedley) had died in 1868 at Maitland, NSW.

Percy had a number of occupations prior to the war. He married Ellen Laydon (December 1910) and on the certificate he was listed as a labourer whereas his enlistment records state that he was a butcher by that time. He has been linked to a number of other occupations such as: lay preacher, lieutenant in charge of the Commonwealth Cadets in Clifton, the secretary of the School of Arts Committee in Clifton and a carter.

Percy enlisted in the AIF 4th Battalion on 27 April 1915 at Liverpool and he embarked from Sydney on HMAS A63 ‘Karoola on 16 June, 1915. He was 33 years of age and had three children by that stage.

Percy Smedley Draper seated with Private Royal Mackey. Photo taken,  June 1915.

Percy Smedley Draper seated with Private Royal Mackey. Photo taken, June 1915.

He sent a postcard to his family from the British camp at Heliopolis.

To Dear Aunt and all

Just a line to let you know I am alright and hope you are the same. This is a nice town and very nice buildings. I was told the place is only 8 years old. It is very warm here but not too bad at night, especially in the early morning. Have met one or two that I know from other parts. We arrived on Sunday night July 29 about 12pm. Had a fine trip over after leaving Fremantle a couple of days. We disembarked at Suez Canal and came up here by train about 7.15, 8hr trip.

Love to all
P.S Draper [1]

Percy arrived in Gallipoli on 4 August 1915. The 4th battalion were involved in the battle of Lone Pine which resulted in over 2000 men killed. Percy was killed in action on August 6. His battalion lost 15 out of 20 officers and 459 out of 722 men of other ranks in the battle.

Sydney Morning Herald: 11/09/1915.

Sydney Morning Herald: 11/09/1915.

He was initially reported as missing but on 16 April 1916 he was acknowledged as, “previously reported missing, now pronounced killed in action.” Percy is commemorated at the Lone Pine Cemetery at Gallipoli, No. 6 Memorial as well as the Coalcliff-Scarborough-Clifton Honour roll located at Scarborough Public School.

A letter dated 30 April 1936 was sent from Percy’s brother, Lawrence “Lock” Draper to his sister Emmeline Thorn (nee Draper).

Dear Em

Just a line to say I am well, and I hope and trust you are all well at Clifton… The reason I am writing is to say I’ve just returned from Gallipoli after visiting the battle-grounds of the Anzac’s and their graveyards. We took Colonel Hughes the President of War graves Commission with us and on the way over I got him to look up the records of the graves. I’ve located our Brothers and it’s in No. 1 Lone Pine and I’ve marked it on photograph. There are still 3861 unknown graves on Lone Pine Em. I never got such a shock in all my life as I got where I saw Anzac Cove and Quinns Posts and other places which I’ll try to explain further on in my letter. Firstly, no artist can paint, no photo can show, nor no book that is written or ever will be written can describe Gallipoli…

Arrow showing Percy's grave.

Arrow showing Percy’s grave.

Thanks to the relatives of Percy Smedley Draper who shared his story and remaining memorabilia with Illawarra Remembers.


[1] R. Austin, The Fighting Fourth: A History of Sydney’s 4th Battalion 1914-19, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2007, p. 65.

We need you

To commemorate the centenary of World War 1, Wollongong City Libraries will develop an innovative online resource – Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 – which will include information and photographs that tell the stories of the Illawarra’s brave men and women who went to war. We need your help.

We will be asking you to share treasures from your family’s history for this period. Over the coming months the project partners will be collecting and recording stories and scanning photographs and original documents.

You can share in person at Wollongong library, during our share and scan days or on our contact page. *

For more information contact the reference library on: (02) 4227 7414

* Click here for our opening hours over the holiday period.

Edmund Patrick Gallagher

Edmund Patrick Gallagher was born to Patrick and Mary Ann Gallagher. As a local resident of Keiraville, Edmund enlisted at Wollongong (07/06/1916) at the age of 21.

He was a member of the NSW Cadets before enlisting.

Edmund Patrick Gallagher

Edmund Patrick Gallagher

Whilst on the front, he corresponded with family members. Below is a postcard which was addressed to his sister, Dot.


Edmund was wounded in action:

…  Pte Gallagher was wounded on the night of Feb. 5th and died about an hour after being hit. The Stretcher bearers of the 16th Battn tried very hard to carry him back to the dressing station but he was delirious and very restless and they were unable to keep him on the stretcher and before they could get far he was dead. It was only a very small wound and appeared to be through the heart. Owing to very heavy casualties I am very sorry to say until the time we were relieved he was not buried. There is absolutely no doubt as to his identity. He was a good soldier and a good comrade and if you are corresponding with his relatives I would be pleased if you would convey to them my deepest sympathy.
Letter from J.A Denny 5002 13th Battn. France. 21/11/1917.[1]

Edmund is buried at Bancourt British Cemetery, France[2] and he is commemorated on the Keiraville Honour Roll which was originally in the Keiraville Mechanics’ Institute.

Illawarra Mercury, 15 February 1918 commemorating the fallen heroes, including E P Gllagher.

Illawarra Mercury, 15 February 1918 commemorating the fallen heroes, including E P Gllagher.


[1] Australian Red Cross Society, Wounded and Missing: 5696  Private Edmund Gallagher, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013 < http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1045531–1-.PDF >, viewed 11 December 2013.

[2] Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour – Edmund Gallagher, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person/R1730153/&gt; viewed  11 December 2013.

Alexander Cowie

Alexander Cowie was born to John Cowie who resided at Russell St, Balgownie. He enlisted at Liverpool on May 25, 1916 and joined the 20th Battalion 15th Reinforcements at the age of 25. Prior to enlisting, he worked as a fireman for N.S.W Government Railway.

"Alick & Nellie"

“Alick & Nellie”

COWIE_B-03.BACKCustomarily, Alec trained at Liverpool camp before embarking on HMAT Euripides A14 on 9 September 1916.[1] He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 5 July, 1918 and later to Corporal on 4 October, 1918.

He returned to Australia 4 July 1919 and was successively awarded the British War and Victory medals. His discharge forms state that he wished to reside at the family home, Russell St, Balgownie. His name is listed on the Balgownie War Memorial as well as his relative, David Cowie.


[1] AWM, Embarkation Roll – Alexander Cowie, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/nominal_rolls/first_world_war_embarkation/person/R1974770/

> viewed 11 December 2013.

John Wheeler

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 miner.

John Wheeler service photo.

John Wheeler service photo.

John enlisted on 18 January 1916 and jointed the 36th Infantry Battalion. He embarked at Sydney on A51 Ajana on 5 July 1916.[1] He was killed in action later that year on 12 December 1916; he was 25 years of age.

John Wheeler: seated on the left.

John Wheeler: seated on the left.

He is buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France. Bailleul is a large town near the Belgian border. The Communal Cemetery contains 610 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 17 of the graves were destroyed by shell fire and are represented by special memorials.[2]










[1] AWM, Embarkation Rolls – William Hay, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person/R1667332/&gt; viewed 4 December 2013.

[2] CWGC, Cemetery details: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, United Kingdom, n.d,  <http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2000048/BAILLEUL%20COMMUNAL%20CEMETERY%20EXTENSION,%20NORD&gt; , viewed 4 December 2013.

John Harold Lindoy

John (Jack) Harold Lindoy was born on 2 January 1895 at Narellan; the family moved to Dapto the following month. His parents, John and Mary lived at New Dapto Rd, Wollongong throughout the war.  Jack was a member of the North Wollongong Surf Club and played rugby league. He was described as a bit of a lad with a quiet, wry sense of humour.

Jack was unable to enlist early in the war due to the strict regulations; he was only 163cm (5”4) tall, 5cm shorter than the army requirements at the time. He was able to enlist on 4 December 1915 due to the need for more reinforcements which resulted in the army lessening its restrictions. He then joined the Waratah March on its way to Sydney.

Jack Lindoy, February 1916.

Jack Lindoy, February 1916.

Jack’s training at the Liverpool Army Camp was brief due to his previous involvement as a member of the Citizens Forces. He was assigned to E Company of the First Australian Infantry Battalion and embarked for Europe.

The company arrive at Marseilles on 17 May and went straight to the front to reinforce the 1st Battalion at Etaples. Jack was not at the front for long before he was wounded at Pozieres on 23 July, 1916. He lost his left eye and sustained extensive injury to his body. He was so seriously wounded that he could not receive treatment in France and was subsequently sent to hospital in Birmingham, England.

December 5, 1916. Illawarra Mercury.

December 5, 1916. Illawarra Mercury.

He returned to Australia on the SS Karoola. On his return to Wollongong, Jack was given a reception at the Town Hall (15/12/16). It was just over a year since he had enlisted and he was one of the first Waratahs to return to Wollongong.

SS Karoola- December 1916.

SS Karoola- December 1916.

Illawarra Mercury - 19 December, 1916.

Illawarra Mercury – 19 December, 1916.

Jack was the founding member of the Wollongong RSL and held executive positions during the Second World War. He never married and the effect of his war wounds affected his physical and emotional health. Jack lived mostly in Wollongong until after his mother died. In 1952, he moved to Queensland and died at the Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital in Brisbane on 26 September 1964.

Waratah ribbon

Waratah ribbon

William Hay

William Hay was born in Perth, Scotland on 18 February c.1875 to William Hay (snr) and Harriett McLaughlin. William was living in Coledale when he enlisted on 5 May, 1916 at the age of 40 in Helensburgh; he joined the 13th Infantry Battalion and embarked on HMAT Euripides on 9 September 1916.[1]

Service photo of William Hay.

Service photo of William Hay.

He was married to Christina Davidson (nee) and together, they had two children, Peter and Richard. Like many other men at the time, he was working as a labourer.

William with wife, Christina and two children, Peter and Richard.

William with wife, Christina and two children, Peter and Richard.

William was reported killed in action but he was taken as a POW (Prisoner of War) to Skalmiershutz in Germany (at the time) in May 1918. At the time, he wrote,

“I am well. I was badly wounded and taken prisoner on 4/5/18. I was very ill for a week or two but getting on alright now. Will let you know all next time I write.”[2]

He was captured on 4 August, 1918 according to the National Australian Archive records. He arrived in England in December and was subsequently repatriated to Australia.

After returning to Australia in April 1919, he was discharged on 3 June 1919.

William Hay died in Coledale on 27 January, 1940.




NAA: B2455, HAY W 6263.

[1] AWM, Embarkation Rolls – William Hay, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/nominal_rolls/first_world_war_embarkation/person/R1926667/&gt; viewed 4 December 2013.

[2] Australian Red Cross Society, Wounded and Missing: 6263 Private William Hay, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013 < http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1039113–1-.PDF&gt;, viewed 4 December 2013.

Stanley William Gorrell

Stanley William Gorrell, son of James William (Mayor of Wollongong 1912, 1913, 1920-1922, 1925-1928, 1931-1933)[1] and Amelia Gorrell was born in Berkeley, “Sunnyvale.” He was a bank officer prior to enlisting and remained one after his return.

He enlisted at the age of 21 (14 March 1917), joining the Light Horse Brigade 1st Regiment after prior involvement in the 28th Light Horse Brigade. He embarked on HMAT Commonwealth A73[2] from Melbourne.

Stanley is third from the left. His brother, John Wesley Gorrell (possibly) is second from left.

Stanley is third from the left. His brother, John Wesley Gorrell (possibly) is second from left.

My Dear Mother,

We spent a very pleasant Xmas here yester-day. There was Turkey and ham for dinner. Cake for tea. To day we have been having sports. For three days before Xmas it was terribly windy but as luck would have it the wind died down for Xmas.
Well we are both well and making the best of our time. We have not seen Kingsley yet but have heard from him and he is well…

Egypt- 26 December 1917.


Postcard to his mother – 26 December, 1917.

“We have got a good place to learn to swim in now. That place is the Dead Sea. It is that salty that one cannot sink in it even if they try… The Jordan Valley is also noted for its oil wells, which experts say will be offered up after the war.
A[t] present our Regiment is back having a spell in some vine-yard. The grapes are just ripe, so you can depend we have been having a good time. I wish we could only take the grapes back with us when we go back to the Valley…

Letter to (brother) Harold dated 7August 1918.

In October 1918 he was injured with “slight superficial abrasions and scorching of skin of left hand. Not serious.” This was a result of accidental misuse of a detonator.

He left Antara to Australia and was officially discharged from the AIF at Sydney on 17 May 1919 which thus terminated his period of enlistment.

Stanley did not marry but instead carried on with his career. He became a successful banker in Bourke and was noted in a numerous amount of newspaper articles.



Stanley and his brothers are commemorated on the Unanderra Honour Roll.



NAA: B2455, Gorrells S.W

[1] Wollongong City Libraries, James William Gorrell, Wollongong City Libraries, 2013, < http://mylibrary.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/PIC/BIBENQ/3599893/10982430,1&gt;, viewed 27 November 2013.

[2] Australian War Memorial, Embarkation Rolls – Stanley William Gorrell, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, <http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/nominal_rolls/first_world_war_embarkation/person/R2022370/&gt; viewed 27 November 2013.

[3] ‘Cocktail Party and Testimonial to be given Mr S.W Gorrell,’ Western Herald, 16 September 1960, p. 11.

[4] ‘Mr Stan Gorrell Honoured by the Queen,’ Western Herald, 16 June 1961, p. 1.