Walcha in the Great War

Walcha in the Great War 1914-1919

This impressive publication “Walcha in the Great War – 1914-1919”, documents the contribution of local men and women during World War 1. The book contains details of those who enlisted, men and women in all forces, and includes those enlisted but unable to serve. There are short biographies of those who served, including their family connections. Every person had some link to Walcha and surrounding districts – they were either born, married or died here, or were Soldier Settlers after the war.

The opening chapters include an overview of the Australian Officers who commanded the Australian forces in the various campaigns – Gallipoli, the Middle East, France, Flanders, and the Somme, and a short history of the areas in which Walcha people were involved.

The book was compiled in collaboration by five members of the Walcha Historical Society and was launched on August 9 2014, 100 years after Britain declared war on Germany. The dedicated members – Vic Galvin, Nerida Hoy, Jillian Oppenheimer, Bob Walsh and Ruth Watson – acknowledge the assistance given to them on this four year project by family members and descendants, not only for the information provided but also for the photographs of those who served.

Other Sources include:
Australian War Memorial Canberra
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives Canberra
Tamworth RSL
University of New England Heritage Centre
AIF Data Base Canberra
And many organisations from the following areas: ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Copies of the book are available for purchase through the Historical Society at a cost of $40 per copy. An additional cost of $15 is charged for postage. The book can be ordered by filling out the form below and paid for as follows:

1. By cheque, endorsed to “Walcha District Historical Society,” PO BOX 41, WALCHA. NSW 2354.

2. By Direct Deposit to the following account: BSB: 932 000. A/C NO: 750836.

A/C name – WALCHA DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Include your name in the reference box, and send an email to advise of the transfer. Please include your address for return postage.

3. The book is also available for purchase at: the Walcha Newsagency; Walcha Handmade; the Pioneer Cottage Museum; and the History Centre at the Library.

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