The Kingsgrove RSL Sub Branch was formed in 1952 by men who had served in World War 1 and World War 2.

From humble beginnings the member’s first held meetings in a scout hall, until the first Club was erected on the corner of Kingsgrove Road and Kingsgrove Avenue. Until 1958 when construction began on the new premises in Brocklehurst Lane.

Throughout the years the Sub Branch has remained strong with member’s who served in both World Wars, Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, plus National Service Personnel, Army Reservists and more recently, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Club premises was purchased from the Sub Branch in 1993, opening the future of the Kingsgrove RSL Club Ltd which now has over 6000 members whilst continuing to maintain our major objective to uphold the ideas of the Returned & Services League.

Kingsgrove RSL Club Sub Branch Members meet on the fourth Monday every second month at 6.30pm.

Commemoration of First World War enlistees associated with Rockdale and surrounding suburbs.


John Graham

Kingsgrove NSW 2208

Phone: (02) 9336 1500
Fax: (02) 9150 8446

Sub Branch Committee

President Alan R. Barnes JP
Vice Presidents Neil L. Arena JP,
Peter J. Merlino
Treasurer Peter G. Burgess JP
Secretary John A. Graham JP
Committee Troy A. Parsons
Robert Talbott OAM JP
Phillip .A. Pollard
Welfare/Pension Officer John A. Graham JP
Hospital Visitation Officer John A. Graham JP

Upcoming Meetings

Monday 25th February 2019, AGM
Monday 22nd April – moved to 15th April 2019 (due to Easter Monday Public Holiday)
Monday 24th June 2019
Monday 26th August 2019

All members of the Sub-Branch are invited to attend.

The General Meetings of the Sub-Branch is held on the 4th Monday of every second month. Time 6.30pm. A two-course meal and refreshments follow the meeting. Members, please note that if a public holiday falls on the above dates, the General Meeting will be held on the 3rd Monday of the Month.

“The Inquisitive mind of a child”.

“Why are they selling poppies Mummy?”
“Selling poppies in the town today?”
“The poppies child, are flowers of love
For the men who marched away”

“But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?”
“Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.”

But the why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?”
“Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.”

“The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy,
Why does it have to be black?”
“Black my child is the symbol of grief.
For the men who never came back.”

“But why, Mummy are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain!
“My tears are for you my child.
For the world is forgetting again.”

-Author unknown.


This year we acknowledge the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, which was a celebration at the time. We must also acknowledge its evolution into what we now know as Remembrance Day.

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. It became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. More than 330,000 Australians served overseas during the Great War. More than 60,000 of them had died.

Australians across the country are encouraged to mark the Centenary of the Armistice and observe one minute’s silence at 11am in memory of those who died or suffered in the First World War and all wars and armed conflicts since. Kingsgrove RSL Club will be hosting a Commemorative service and luncheon on Sunday 11th November 2019, please contact the club for further details on how you can attend.


William Samphier NAVY
Wallace McCorquodale ARMY
James Burnett ARMY
William Laird NAVY
Frederick Cassidy OAF, RAAF
George Gray ARMY
Timothy Smith ARMY
Frederick Fisher ARMY
Frank Newman ARMY
Roy Blewitt RAAF
Neil Eastman RAAF
John Ryan ARMY


Remembrance Day Sunday 11th November 2018


The Women’s Auxiliary originated after the First World War when a group of women arranged to raise funds to assist returned servicemen who had been injured and needed help to settle back into civilian life.

These days the role of the Women’s Auxiliary is to support the sub-branch on various occasions such as Anzac day and other relevant days. All funds raised are distributed to various RSL charities assisting returned servicemen and women such as Defence Care and Homes for Heroes.

The Women’s Auxiliary at Kingsgrove raises money by having raffles for Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day and Christmas. They also have some fun evenings playing Crazy Whist to which everyone is invited.

Apart from fund raising there are often invitations to socialise with other Auxiliaries by attending Luncheons that are celebrating various occasions. These could be ‘Christmas in July’ or a special anniversary of that Auxiliary.

Kingsgrove Auxiliary invites any ladies who may be interested in joining to ask at the reception desk and the auxiliary will contact you.

Women’s Auxiliary meet every fourth Monday of the month at 6.30pm.


Upcoming Dates:
TUESDAY, 19th March
TUESDAY, 16th July
TUESDAY, 29th October

7pm in the Diggers Lounge.

Includes tea, coffee, cake and lucky door prize.

Tickets on sale at the door on the night.
Cost – $5.00