Lake Macquarie History

Redhead: Marching for Honour, Recognition and Adventure

The book featured on this page - Marching for Honour, Recognition and Adventure: The Story of the Participation of Redhead Soldiers in World War I - was researched, compiled and written by Robert Neil Bowd.

It documents the participation in World War I of the people whose names are listed on the Redhead War Memorial, and was produced as part of an ANZAC Centenary project initiated and implemented by Redhead Sustainable Neighbourhood and funded by the Australian Government Department of Veteran Affairs, Anzac Centenary Local Grants Fund 2015. The project also included the completion of four murals at Redhead Public School, and the installation of a plaque honouring three ex students who died in the conflict.

photo: redhead war memorial

At the time of World War I there were about 30 to 60 houses in Redhead. Coal mines including those at Redhead had developed along the train line from Newcastle and this meant that the miners, especially those from Wales and England, had populated areas around the mines. Therefore, it was only natural that a large percentage of war volunteers listed on local war memorials came from the mines or businesses associated with mines or servicing the mines.