A family connection to the Great War
Officials in France say the first Australian to die in the Great War was Sydney man Lieutenant William Malcolm Chisholm who died some weeks earlier than those in German New Guinea. Chisholm died in the Battle of Le Cateau – the first clash of Allied soldiers on French soil.
The Sydney Morning Herald of 9 November 1914 reported :
LATE LIEUT. CHISHOLM.
A cable has been received through the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, from Dr. William Chisholm, stating that his eldest son, Malcolm, who was a lieutenant in the East Lancashire Regiment, died in France on August 27, of wounds received in action. The deceased officer was 22 years of age.
Malcolm Chisholm’s grandmother was Rebecca, daughter of Peter Stuckey of Longreach, Marulan who is also our ancestor via her sister Lydia….
LEST WE FORGET
http://www.news.com.au/national/french-say-first-australian-to-die-in-wwi-was-sydneys-lieutenant-william-malcolm-chisholm/story-fncynjr2-1226861523375, and the National Library of Australia’s Trove web site