West Wyalong, New South Wales, 497 km west of Sydney, is the administrative centre of Bland Shire. In 1914, the shire offices were located in Wyalong, 5 km from west Wyalong. The Memorial Hall at Wyalong lists those from the district who enlisted and those who made the supreme sacrifice.
The AIF Project database lists 120 members of the AIF who gave Wyalong as their address upon enlistment. Of those, 15 were killed in action, 4 died of wounds, and 2 died of disease. Those who gave West Wyalong as their address numbered 192, of whom 31 were killed in action, 4 died of wounds, and 2 died of disease. Four men who enlisted gave Ungarie, an outlying village, as their address: one was killed in action, and three returned to Australia. From Barmedman, 66 men enlisted in the AIF: 11 were killed in action and 3 died of wounds.
The figures quoted above reflect those who gave Wyalong, West Wyalong or Barmedeman as their address or the address of their next of kin. It does not include those who gave outlying villages/townships as their address. Hence there is some discrepancy between these figures and the names listed on the Memorial Hall panels.
Listed below are some soldiers from West Wyalong. Click on their names to view their AIF Project records.
Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire, England, is north-west of Durrington Village. The cemetery, which contains 252 war graves (of which 141 are Australian), is a general cemetery controlled by the Parish. Most of the war graves are those of soldiers connected with the nearby Larkhill Camp. The Australian graves are to the right of a wall inscribed with the words "Their Name Liveth For Evermore".
Analysis of the records suggests that approximately 3,000 men born in Ireland enlisted for service in the AIF. (An indeterminate number - probably many more - born in Australia of Irish families - also enlisted.) In Northern Ireland there are a number of local war memorials that record such enlistments, eg Ballycastle, Co. Antrim (Photos 1 2 3), where there is also the Anzac Bar (Photo), established by J DELARGY, who served with the British Army. Shankill Cemetery, Lurgan, Co. Armagh (Photos 1 2).
The following members of the AIF were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War: