Frederick William Broadhurst

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Broadhurst, Frederick William

Munition worker.

Western Front.

73 Garnet Street, Hurlstone Park.

Father of Bert, Frederick and Leonard.

In 1916, the Australian government offered to recruit and send 150 munition workers to Britain to assist with the labour shortage caused by the fittest men enlisting. The first group left Australia on HMT Borda in September 1916. The Australians proved to be both reliable and resourceful, and were highly regarded by employers for their adaptability. Altogether 3000 were recruited by the end of the war. The men worked for companies like the Sopwith Aviation Company, and the Coventry Ordnance Works, and 200 carpenters were sent to France, chiefly to Boulogne and St Omer, where a few became war casualties.

Died 1937.

Monument, Euston Square, Hurlstone Park.

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. Every name is linked to an editable version of the individual’s biography copied from the Canterbury’s Boys book. The editable biographical files have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add to these files any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002