Inverell District World War I Army Recruits
Following the disaster at Gallipoli in April 1915, a major recruiting drive began throughout NSW to raise 50,000 men to help the war effort. As part of this campaign, statewide ‘snowball’ recruiting marches were organised starting from several towns including Gilgandra, Wagga Wagga, and Narrabri.
In all ten recruiting marches took place including The Kurrajongs who started from Inverell. The first contingent of volunteers who departed by train in January 1916, were, at the time, the largest group of recruits to leave a country town together for service during World War 1. The Kurrajongs joined other northern NSW recruits at the Armidale camp and served with the 3rd Division in Belgium and France. A large number of them were killed in action or gassed.
Click First contingent list to download the names of the First Contingent volunteers.
The limited edition book – A Fine Body of Men – Inverell Remembers the Kurrajongs 1916 – was compiled from privately held material, diaries, letters and newspapers accounts. Containing 100 images, the book provides an excellent insight into the conditions the men encountered during the war.
Some comments about the book:
- “superb publication”
- “incredibly well researched”
- “must compliment you on publishing such a wonderful book”
- “very impressed and fascinated by it. You must be very proud of this production, it is so easy to sit and read from cover to cover and filled with so much information that puts you back to the 1915-1920’s. Well done.”
To purchase a copy of A Fine Body of Men – Inverell Remembers the Kurrajongs 1916, download an order form here (link will open in a new window):
Book order form