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 the Roll of Honour at Woonona Presbyterian Church  (NB. The rolls and memorials may have changed location since the time the photograph was taken).
Dapto Public School
Nurse M. WAKEFORD
E.L BAILEY M.M
E. CLIFFORD *
J. STEVENS *
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.
Edward Clifford was born in Dapto on 17 January, 1894 to Joseph and Mary Clifford. Prior to the war, he worked as a fisherman.
Edward enlisted on 11 September, 1916 and joined the 12th Light Horse Reinforcements as did his brother, Thomas Clifford. Edward did not get the chance to embark as he fell gravely ill with meningitis.
Edward Clifford died on 9 October, 1916 at Prince Alfred Hospital; he was only 22 years old. He is buried at Brownsville (St Luke’s) Cemetery, NSW and is located on the Roll of Honour at panel 186 in the Commemorative Area.
On his circular, it states that he had a cousin named Abraham Joseph Clifford who was killed in France, 11 November 1917.
William George Porter, born to Samuel George Porter and Harriet L Brown (nee) on 1 July 1896, lived at 33 Brownlow Rd, Haggerston, London. He was a Corporal in the 6th London Regiment following his enlistment.
Service photo of William George Porter.
William served in both World War I and II. During the Second World War he was captured at Singapore and was moved to Changi from 1942 until 1945 as a POW. The camp was liberated in September 1945 by the 5th Indian Division and troops were being repatriated within a week.
He was linked to a number of professions before and after the wars which included the Straits Settlement Police Force, Chief Inspector in 1928 and a Coroner.
He married Juanita Howell (nee) and together, they had three children. It was not until 1951 when the family moved to Australia for William’s retirement. They settled at 41 Baan Baan St, Dapto where William lived for the rest of his life.
He died at the age of 78 on 11 August, 1974 at Thirroul.
The latest scan and share day at Dapto library (August 29th) was a success thanks to members of the local community who contributed and shared invaluable memorabilia. The items seen on the day ranged from photographs to diaries, books, medallions and soldier’s personal trinkets.
The contributors not only shared family-related objects but a range of items found in unexpected places, such as in the shed of a recently purchased house. One member of the public even offered take back a photo of a soldier once found, to his [the soldier’s] grave at Pieta Cemetery in Malta at their own expense.
Patrick James Gavin and his medallions
Michael Molkentin, spoke about his latest book Fire in the Sky and in greater detail about his most recent project.
The day was an overall success and the team are looking forward to future scan and share days. Keep an eye out on the Event page for dates of upcoming events and speakers.
Michael Molkentin spoke recently at Dapto library for the Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 project.
He spoke briefly about his lastest book ‘Fire in the Sky’ and in greater detail about his most recent project. The newest subject is a volume on the Australian Flying Corp in WW 1 and it’s place not only in the Australian Imperial Force but within the total war effort.
If this new work, which is part of a five volume set from Oxford University Press, is on par with ‘Fire in the Sky,’ then we are all in for a treat.
Keep your eyes posted for more speakers and events as part of the ‘Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918’ project.