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. This was 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.


Peter J. Merlino

Kingsgrove NSW 2208

Phone: (02) 9336 1500

Sub Branch Committee

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

Upcoming Meetings

Monday 23rd August 2022

All members of the Sub-Branch are invited to attend subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

The General Meetings of the Sub-Branch is held on the 4th Monday of every second month in the Diggers Lounge at 6.30pm. Refreshments will  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.


Hilton Smith ARMY
Kenneth Edwards ARMY
Peter Lyle ARMY





The RSL Sub Branch 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 Auxiliary is to support the Sub-Branch on various occasions such as Anzac day and other relevant days. They still fundraise, with all funds raised distributed to various RSL charities assisting returned servicemen and women such as Defence Care and Homes for Heroes.

The Auxiliary at Kingsgrove RSL 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 fundraising there are often invitations to socialise with other RSL Auxiliaries by attending luncheons that celebrate various occasions. These could be ‘Christmas in July’ or a special anniversary of that Auxiliary.

Kingsgrove Auxiliary invites anyone who may be interested in joining to speak to Kingsgrove RSL Club reception and the Auxiliary will contact you.


Kingsgrove RSL Auxiliary Co-Ordinator – Yvonne Talbott OAM

The Kingsgrove RSL Auxiliary meet every fourth Monday of the month at 6.30pm.