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 was compiled from 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 will redirect you to the DVA WWII search page. Before clicking on the person’s surname, copy the adjacent Service Number. Simply paste that number into the relevant Search page dialogue box to be directed to the desired service record on the DVA WWII Nominal Roll.

Full WWII service records are still in the process of being made available, but can be searched using the Names search on the Australian National Archives search portal




Merchant Navy

photo: aerial photo of rathmines raaf base

The single largest defence establishment within Lake Macquarie was the Rathmines RAAF Flying Boat Base - an estimated 45,000 to 50,000 service men and women passed through, 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.

Lake Macquarie WWII soldiers - Catalina Memorial

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.

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