Anzac Ultimo Board of Honour
The Dictionary of Sydney has received funds from the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program to highlight the Ultimo Community Centre World War 1 Honour Roll. For this project we have researched information about the 36 World War I soldiers whose names are recorded on the honour roll.
What were their links to their local Sydney community? What stories have been captured and recorded online for posterity? Historian Nicole Cama has mapped where these men lived so that with GEO referencing we can visually see where they came from. She has written three social history essays about the men and honour board and these sit alongside a host of new entities relating to the project.
The roll of honour from the former Ultimo Presbyterian Church, now located in the Ultimo Community Centre, lists 36 men associated with the Ultimo community who served in the First Australian Imperial Forces in World War I. The board, instigated in 1916 shortly after the arrival of Reverend John Muir, is part of a tradition in which honour rolls were used to memorialise, mobilise, recruit and mourn.
The Ultimo Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour, now housed in the Ultimo Community Centre, lists the names of 36 men who served in World War I. We can only be sure 22 came home but their stories reveal the hardships of war service, larrikin behaviour, heroism and injuries that must have been a terrible burden to returned soldiers.
The Ultimo Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour, now housed in the Ultimo Community Centre, lists the names of 36 men. Four of those men died as a result of their war service and were lost to their families and friends – people who openly grieved their passing. Their grief is a reminder of the true cost of war, for the fallen and for their family, friends, and community.
Ultimo Presbyterian Church World War I Roll of Honour, photographed 2015. By Nicole Cama. Contributed by Nicole Cama