Compiled for Darebin Heritage by Brian Membrey

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       An Overview

This section comprises a summary of casualties from the Darebin area of Melbourne - Northcote, Preston, Fairfield and Alphington, with a handful from Thomastown and Epping to the north - that gave their lives in the service of their country during the Great War.

Not many will realise that Australia’s first  casualty of the great War was a Northcote resident, Able Bodied Seaman William George Vincent Williams.  (The First Casualty)

A project undertaken over the last four or five years has identified just over 800 men (and two women) from the area  that died. For each of these largely unsung heroes, there has been a history compiled of their personal and military backgrounds.  

These, like life itself, vary wildly from those where little is known, while others could run for pages. .

With the co-operation of the City of Darebin, a limited number of hard copy versions of the archives have being produced for library reference and distribution to local R.S.L. clubs.

However, given the total size is around 800 pages, for other organisations or individuals that may find interest in the histories of these men and women, we must restrict the distribution to a PDF files which are downloadable from the ozsportshistory.com site.

In April, 2014, the project was expanded significantly to include areas covered by the Yarra Plenty Regional Library - now the cities of Banyule and Whittlesea and the Shire of Nillumbuk, but per the First World War boundaries, the Shires of Heidelberg, Whittlesea/Epping and Eltham respectively (the latter then extending as far as Yarra Glen and Tarrawarra).

These are also available via the Downloads page.