South of Bulli Pass – Bulli to Kembla Grange – excluding Wollongong

Note – these are the stories of farewell and welcome home of WW1 service personnel and nurses at Railway Stations from Bulli to Kembla Grange – except for Wollongong (which has its own page)

Can you help us?

We have identified the following stories and names of service personnel being farewelled or welcomed home at railway stations – are there any more ? Or perhaps you have some photographs or memorabilia of service personnel or the stations from the WW1 years ?

 If so, then if you’d like to help us – please email details to bdhcbulli@gmail.com or phone 02 – 42 671488.

Bulli – Woonona – a key feature from 1918 was the Welcome Home Parade by the Bulli Woonona Regimental Girls. There were over 70 newspaper stories mentioned of their welcome home parades at the Railway Stations for those who returned from WW1. This is acknowledged to this day by the President of the Woonona Bulli RSL Sub Branch Robert Price, and the Regimental Girls banner is displayed as part of the Sub-Branch’s collection of memorabilia.

Bellambi

  • August 15 1915 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – farewell at the station to Privates Kemp, Harris, Attfield, Stanborough & Spinks

Corrimal

  • August 13 1915 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Charles Bye welcomed home at the station
  • January 28 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – Privates Blakeney, Martin, Baker & Carrington on last leave farewelled from the station
  • January 28 1916 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates Blakeney, Martin, Baker & Carrington farewelled from the station
  • February 18 1916 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Soldiers march and farewell at the station
  • March 3 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – regular seeing off soldiers on the Sunday night train returning to camp after a weekend at home – by a band and singing by  300- 400 people
  • March 3 1916 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Corrimal Town Band requests that they be informed when a soldier is returning so they can welcome at the station
  • May 5 1916 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – unnamed soldiers welcomed home at the station
  • August 18 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – Private W Acres welcomed home at the station by the whole town
  • November 10 1916 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private J Brown of the Town Band is farewelled at the station
  • October 19 1917 – Illawarra Mercury – Lieutenant Frank Bourke former Corrimal Public School teacher welcomed  at the station
  • November 2 1917  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates Sam Pollock and John Kilkelly welcomed home at the station
  • November 30 1917 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – the Town Band turned up at the station a day early to welcome Private John Anthony. However Private Hawkins was able to be welcomed by the Town Band at the station
  • January 11 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates Albert Trivett and W Sheedy welcomed home at the station
  • August 23 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Sapper Watson welcomed home at the station
  • November 22 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates John McCann and Charles Morgan welcomed home at the station
  • November 29 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Corporal Roy Lane and Private Harrison welcomed home at the station
  • January 10 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Walter Burgess welcomed home
  • February 7 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates H F Roose and Baker welcomed home at the station
  • March 21 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Sergeant W Anderson welcomed home at the station
  • August 15 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Sergeant Edward Langdon & young bride were welcomed at the station
  • September 12 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Trooper J E Buckley welcomed home at the station
  • October 3 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private James Young welcomed at the station by his friends

Balgownie (Fairy Meadow)

  • November 19 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – Unnamed soldiers on last leave farewelled from Balgownie Station
  • November 19 1915 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – unnamed soldiers on last leave farewelled from Balgownie Station
  • March 16 1917 – Illawarra Mercury -(Private F Selwyn) met by the Win the War League  on return after being wounded
  • March 16 1917 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private F Selwyn welcomed home by the Win the War League
  • November 2 1917 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private W Adie and E A Sherman welcomed home at the station
  • April 26 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – Captain C W Foster after serving in Gallipoli and France
  • May 17 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Thomas Lithgow welcomed at the station
  • June 21 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates E Moorehouse and P Hunter welcomed at the station
  • March 7 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private J McDonald welcomed at the station
  • March 28 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – quiet welcome home at the station for Private William Campbell at his father’s request as the family would make their own arrangements

North Wollongong – deferred at the outbreak of WW1 (August 7 1914 – Illawarra Mercury) – then opened July 1915

  • April 9 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – lobbying for a station at North Wollongong
  • May 9 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Gunner G Lewis alighted the station at North Wollongong and missed the welcome home reception awaiting for him at Wollongong Station

Unanderra – so far no stories of welcome home at the station

Port Kembla – so far no stories of welcome home at the station

  • October 10 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – mentions that 30 unnamed soldiers from Port Kembla have returned home

Kembla Grange

  • August 23 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – March to Freedom – participants travel from south and march from Kembla Grange station into Unanderra

Contact us : bdhcbulli@gmail.com

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