17. Religions of Enlisted Soldiers 1914-1918
Penrith City during the period of 1914-1918, was a predominantly Christian society. Of 100 servicemen & women, represented in this graph, the most common denomination was Church of England. All four of the registered religions of these 100 enlistees are Christian denominations, with Roman Catholic being the second most common. These results are consistent with the predominantly Anglo-Saxon Australian society during this period. This is also consistent with the restrictions placed on non-white enlistees. For example, Chinese Australian's were not allowed to enlist in the AIF until 1916 when China joined the war on the Allies side. Finally, Penrith was still considered a rural area during WWI, with little multicultural immigration. This can explain why there are few, to none, enlistees with ethnic variations.
The Penrith Honor Roll
"Memories of War" Penrith City council, online, 2014