Lake Macquarie History

Lake Macquarie WWII Soldiers

Lake Macquarie City Library has compiled an index of Lake Macquarie WWII enlisted persons.

photo: vp day australia

Lake Macquarie, like many places around Australia, felt the impact of war. After war was declared on Germany in September 1939, many men and women answered the call to enlist. Over 4000 names have been gathered from the service records of airmen, merchant seamen, sailors and soldiers who had some association with Lake Macquarie, whether by birth, enlistment, residence or next of kin.

A list has been compiled, with links to their service records, as found on the Department of Veterans Affairs' World War Two Nominal Roll. For ease of recovery, the list has been divided alphabetically into the sections below. Clicking on the enlisted person's surname within the file will take you to their service record on the DVA WWII Nominal Roll.

Army

RAAF

Navy

Merchant Navy

photo: aerial photo of rathmines raaf base

The single largest defence establishment located within Lake Macquarie was the Rathmines RAAF Flying Boat Base on Kilaben Bay which saw the service of an estimated 45,000 to 50,000 service men and women, with a base strength, at its height, of 3,500 personnel. Over 300 of those who served or were trained at this facility made the ultimate sacrifice and are honoured on the Catalina Memorial located on the point at Rathmines, overlooking the lake. Their names are also commemorated below...

Please note: this is not a comprehensive listing of personnel who served at Rathmines, but "those who served at Rathmines and who died for their country, or have since died and had served on the base". The Catalina Memorial Wall is maintained by Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Incorporated.

Lake Macquarie WWII soldiers - Catalina Memorial