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Looking Back history feature: A story of war, love and two mining towns

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James Budden (left) in Egypt 1916 during the Great War James Budden (left) in Egypt 1916 during the Great War

By MICK ROBERTS ©

The Corrimal Uniting Church honour roll has revealed a tragic love story that spanned the globe. The tablet lists 21 local men from the church who served in the Great War, with one name, James Budden remaining a mystery to local historians and the parish for decades - until now... The Corrimal Uniting Church honour roll has revealed a tragic love story that spanned the globe.

AN HONOUR roll in Corrimal Uniting Church – not unlike memorials in community halls around the world – has revealed a tragic love story that spanned the globe.

The tablet lists 21 local men from the church who served in the Great War, with one name, James Budden remaining a mystery to local historians and the parish for decades.

James Budden’s tale is one of hope and sadness – it tells of a young man planning to bring his sweetheart from the English village of West Cornforth to the booming New South Wales coal mining town of Corrimal to begin a new life.

Russell Vale war historian Terry Bugg said past research on James Budden had proved fruitless. All that was…

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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