Many of our ancestors served in the military across the generations.

Some were career professionals but others volunteered to serve their countries in times of war.

Some gave their lives in this service.


Napoleonic Wars
Walsh, Antoine Joseph Philippe de Serrant13-Jul-1760Lieutenant Clare Regiment, Irish Brigade
25-Jul-1762Promotion from 2nd Lieutenant in the Regiment of Irish Infanty of Clare to Captain Reforme in the Regiment of Cavalry or Fitz-James. Louis 'Par le Roy THE DUC DE CHOISEUL'
7-Sep-1766Colonel Roscommon Regiment
between 1770 and 1788Colonel in the Walsh Regiment (formerly the Regiment of Clare)
1-Oct-1794King George III appointed Anthony Walsh, Comte de Serrant "to be Colonel of a regiment of foot forming part of the corps known by the name of the Irish Brigade, and likewise to be Captain of a company in our said regiment."

(Colonel of the walsh (2nd) Regiment of the Irish Brigade in the Service of King George III from1794 to 1798 - The Genealogist)
30-Aug-1797Order received to transfer the Irish Brigade to Jamaica and be drafted into the 3rd Regimemt.
15-Apr-1810decree by Napolean I "named our dear and loved Mr. Walsh-Serrant, Count of our Empire"
Walsh, Thomas (Lt. Col.)1793He 'entered into the Army at the Age of XVI' and served with the Prince de Conte's Royalist army in Europe and Jamaica
1798He joined the 5th Regiment of the Irish Brigade, under the command of his maternal uncle, Lord Charles Edward Walsh de Serrant.
The date of his joining is unclear, but at some stage he was added to the Army List during the course of the year (his name was handwritten in at the bottom of the list of ensigns): Army List 1798, TNA WO 65/48. For his early career, see the memoirs of his brother Joseph, Viscount Walsh, Souvenirs de Cinquante Ans, vol. 2 (Paris, 1845), p. 382.
5-Jan-1799The War Office notice in the London Gazette advise " 27th [Regiment of Foot] Lieutenant Thomas Walsh, from the half pay of the late 5th regiment of the Irish Brigade, to be Lieutenant."

He probably served under Sir Eyre Coote during the Helder Expedition of 1799.
between 1800 and 1801Coote appointed him aide-de-camp during the Egyptian campaign.
24-Jun-1802Captain in 93rd regiment
15-Dec-1804Major in Queen's Rangers
22-Dec-1804War Office advice: "3rd West India Regiment - Captain Thomas Walsh, from the 93d foot, to be Major, by purchase, vice Bulson, promoted in the 28th foot."
16-May-1805Lt. Colonel 56th Regiment. War Office advice: "To be Deputy Adjutant to the said Forces [under the command of Lieut.-Gen Sir Eyre Coote, K.B.] with the rank of [Brevet] Lieutenant-Colonel in the army, Major Thomas Walsh, on half pay of the Queens rangers."
Coote had been sent to Jamaica as military governor
20-Jun-1806Letter from William James Stance, Fort Augusta [Jamaica], to Lieut.Colonel Walsh, concerning his appointment to the position of waiter and searcher of the port of Kingston.
1808As Lieutenant-Colonel acted as Secretary to His Honor Sir Eyre Coote, Knight of the Bath and Crescent, Lieutenant-General, LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
28-Jun-1808Walsh had left Jamaica with Coote at the end of April. The War Office notice: "56th regiment foot, Brevet Lieut.-Colonel Thomas Walsh from half -pay of the Queen's Rangers, to be Major,"
4-Jul-1809Calvert, Horse Guards, to Walsh, 56th regt, Portsmouth, informing him that he is to report himself to Coote at Portsmouth where he is to assume the position of assistant adjutant general.
Indian Mutiny
Briscoe, Henry Harrison16-Nov-1855The purchase was made for an Ensign commission in the 81st Regiment of Foot (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers). The Regiment had embarked earlier for India on 1 July 1853.
10-Dec-1855It is likely that Henry was among "a draft arrived in Calcutta" of 1 Lieut., 2 Ensigns and 53 privates.
22-Jul-1856He was promoted by purchase of Lieutenant commission: "Ensign Henry Harrison Briscoe to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Weir, whose promotion, by purchase, on the 18th April 1856, has been cancelled. (Dated 22 July 1856.")
1858"Captain Chichester, Lieuts. Musgrave, Faircloth, Speedy, Briscoe and Jackson and Qr Master Correll, served in the Eusoofxie expedition in 1858."
1859He was a recipient of Indian Mutiny Medal for his service.
12-Mar-1861He retired from the army and it was noted "81st Foot, Ensign Henry Maturin to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Henry Harrison Briscoe."
1-Jun-1872The London Gazette recorded that Lieutenant Henry Harrison Briscoe resigns his Commission.
Bray, Albert Edwinfrom 1915 to 1918He served in Eygpt and France.
Bray, Albert Victorfrom 1914 to 1916He served in Gallipoli and France.
Bray, Alfred Ernest Cornelius16-Aug-1915Alf enlisted in Sydney.
from Dec-1915 to Feb-1919He trained in Egypt and then served on the Western Front
22-Jun-1918He suffered gas attack at Strazelle in NE France and recuperated for a time in England
1919Returned home and was discharged.
1920His War Diary is kept at the Mitchell library
23-Jul-1940Alf enlisted again in WW2 giving his DoB as 3/12/1900 (ie 39 years old instead of 43)
Bray, William Fennellfrom Feb-1915 to Mar-1916He4 served in Gallipoli and France.
Briscoe, Alfred Edward Henry Harrison30-Jan-1915He enlisted and embarked from Sydney, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915 (Service No 1146)
Jun-1915He served in Egypt and Gallipoli as a private, in the 17th Battalion, D Company then 5th Infantry Brigade W Company
Nov-1915He contracted malaria at Gallipoli and was repatriated to Egypt.
24-Dec-1915He died in Egypt and was buried in the Cairo War Memorial cemetery. Grave D 233
Briscoe, George Albert Ernest Sidney11-Mar-1918George enlisted in NSW Reinforcement 3 and embarked from Sydney, on board RMS Osterley on 8 May 1918 (Service number 5346)
He served in the 4th Motor Transport Section
Briscoe, Henry Whitbycirca 1914He was a Second Lieutenant, 3rd Garrison Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers.
1917He drowned at sea, from H.T. "Arcadian" in a U-boat attack and there is the Mikra Memorial at Kalamaria in Greece
Briscoe, John Robins Warren Low17-Jan-1918He served in the Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 35 (Gnr, 35th F.A. Reinforcements.) Service No. 63716
5-Jun-1918He embarked on board RMS Orontes from Sydney.
25-Mar-1919Returned to Australia and was discharged.
Bryant, Alick JamesMar-1917Alick James Bryant seems to have been only 13 years 11 months old under the name of James John Bryant. He is believed to have been the youngest Australian soldier to serve during the First World War (see )
12-Mar-1917The AIF Project details Alick's military service as follows:

James John BRYANT

Regimental number: 7208
Religion: Church of England
Occupation: Storeman
Address:      Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital status: Single
Age at embarkation: 18
Next of kin: Mother, Mrs L Bryant, Fairholm, Norton Street, Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date: 12 March 1917
Rank on enlistment: Private
Unit name: 4th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number: 23/21/5
Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 24 April 1917
Rank from Nominal Roll: Private
Unit from Nominal Roll: 4th Battalion
Fate: Returned to Australia 24 August 1918
7-Nov-1918Soon after, on 11 June, AIF Headquarters at Horseferry Road in London received a cablegram giving Bryant’s true date of birth. He was ordered home for being under-age, although it was decided he would not be required to forfeit any pay. He returned to Australia aboard City of Karachi and was discharged on 7 November 1918.
Malley, Garnet Francis12-Oct-1915He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force
Roach, James SamuelKilled in action in France (Memorial in Armidale records him as being from Hillgrove)
Skinner, Thomas Alfred1-Jan-1915He enlisted for military service
Trott, William Thomson16-Feb-1915He enlisted and embarked from Sydney, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
He served in 7th Battalion, C Company at Gallipoli
31-Mar-1919He returned to Australia
Warren, Frederick13-Sep-1915He enlisted for service
24-Nov-1915Service number: 8627, Driver in 6 FAB [Field Artillery Brigade

Embarkation on 24 November 1915 from Melbourne on HMAT Botanist
4-Feb-1918He was awarded the Military Medal, as noted in the London Gazette
Bray, Douglas Arthur19-Nov-1943Doug enlisted at Moorebank NSW NX176550 (N460914)
29-Oct-1946He was discharged as Sapper from 12 Army Transport Company
Bray, Frank Hamiltonfrom 1943 to 1945He served in the Air Force in WW2 in Borneo.
Bray, Harry Davidfrom 1940 to 1945He served in RAN during WW 2
Bray, Jack Cyrilfrom 1940 to 1945Served in RAN during WW2.
Bray, Norma Beryl1-Oct-1942Norma enlisted in the WRANS (service number WR/120)
10-Jan-1946She was discharged as P/O Cool (S) at HMAS Rushcutter
Briscoe, Edwin Livingstone20-Oct-1940Jim enlisted in Royal Australian Air Force, Service Number:34927, and became Leading Aircraftman
14-Mar-1946His posting at discharge was the 13 Aircraft Repair Depot
Briscoe, Stanley Warren13-Dec-1941Stan enlisted in Australian Army, Service Number:     NX78414
23-Jan-1946He was a corporal and his posting at discharge was 2/17 AUST L A A REGT
Bruce, Clyde John Thomas1936Clyde joined the Rockdale branch of The Australian Air League
18-Nov-1939He then joined the RAAF Reserve
22-Oct-1940He served as Aircraftman 1st class
11/1942 to 8/1945He served in New Guines in 4 Squadron
4-Jan-1946He was discharged
Bryant, Keith Ian Georgebetween 1942 and 1945He became a Japanese prisoner of war held in Changi
Bryant, William Arthurbetween 1942 and 1945He was capture and became a Japanese prisoner of war in Changi
Higgins, Arthur Joseph31-May-1940He enlisted at Paddington (NX 19263), next of kin Ethel Higgins
8-Sep-1945He achieved the rank of sergeant, his posting at discharge 2/5 Fd Reg Arty 7 Div
Morrison, Alfred Ernest11-Jun-1940Alf enlisting at Victoria Barracks (NX30073)
After training at Liverpool and Bathurst he sailed as part of the 8th Division, 2/12 Fld. Coy., Singapore on the Dutch liner "Johan van Olderbarnevelt".
7-Dec-1941Japan entered the war when they attacked Pearl Harhour and Malaya.
between 1942 and 1945As a Japanese prisoner of war with an active Service: of 120 days in Australia and 1,536 days outside Australia.

Also in F Force on the Burma Railway
20-FebA letter received by Alf's mother from a R.H Smith of Hexham (no year given), reading" "Whilst listening to Radio Shonan, Singapore, this morning I picked up a message addresses to yourself from A PRISONER OF WAR IN MALAYA. NX 30073 SAPPER A.E.MORRISON.
between Apr-1943 and Dec-1943Alf was in F Force sent to work on the Burma Railway. The force was formed at Changi and the first of thirteen trains left Singapore on April 18, 1943. Each train contained approximately 600 men crowded into rice trucks, 28 men to each truck. The last train departed on April 26, 1943. Each train took five days to make the journey, Singapore to Bam Pong, Thailand.
25-Sep-1945In a telegram to his mother at 30 High Street Bankstown Alf wrote "Have arrived safetly in Singapore hope to be home soon writing please address letters and telegrams to c/0 No 2 Aust POW Recovery Group Singapore SEAC, AE Morrison"
Oct-1945Alf finally arrived home on the Largs Bay.
27-Oct-1945An Australian Women's Weekly article included a picture with caption: "PICNIC PARTY. A crowd of relatives and friends went to Ingleburn to meet L/Cpl, A.E.Morrison, who returned to Australia in the Largs Bay"
8-Feb-1946Alf was officially discharged.