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We’re pulling out the party hats and celebratory streamers for our fourth birthday coming up on 6 October, and we want to include you in the fun! Tag a photo of your favourite design book with the hashtag #apdlbday to win a host of design goodies. If your favourite is a book we don’t have in the design lounge we may even track down a copy to add to our collection, and we’ll be sure to let everyone know that it was you who suggested it to us. Check out our instagram account @slqAPDL for more details. Entries close 6 October.
There have been several blog posts relating to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander soldiers who were killed in action on the WW1 battlefields. This post attempts to list the known Indigenous soldiers who are listed on various Rolls of Honour, including AIATSIS' Indigenous Australians at War website. Others may also appear on War Memorials in their local towns or communities; for example the above image of the Herberton War Memorial clearly identifies Pte W Perrott (Service No. 3704). The Defence Act of 1909 specifically excluded enlistments from 'those who are not substantially of European origin or descent'. Despite this barrier, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men enlisted at the onset of war, often under assumed cultural backgrounds. This was the case of Pte Richard Martin, an Aboriginal man from Dunwich, Stradbroke Island who enlisted as a Maori born in Dunedin! After the landing at Gallipoli with the 15th Battalion, Pte Martin (Service No. 1359) was reassigned to the 47th Battalion on the Western Front. Martin received several wounds at Bullecourt, Messines and Passchendaele requiring treatment; upon his return to the battlefield, Martin was killed in action near the village of Dernancourt. The subsequent correspondence following his death confirmed his Aboriginality. In light of this socio-political context, the list is by no means definitive as not all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers were identified. In 1931, Reveille, the magazine of the Returned Sailors’, Soldiers’ and Airmen’s League of Australia published a series of articles seeking names of Aboriginal soldiers who served in WW1. The image above is a list of Aboriginal soldiers who were killed in action or died of wounds; this was supplied by the Office of the Chief Protector of Aboriginals, Queensland. A transcript of this list follows: BAKER, Jack BLACKMAN, Alfred 3173 BURNETT, Frederick Arthur (11th LHR) COMBO, B__(Benjamin)? (3rd Bn) 6977 DELANEY, Jack 5127 ELSDALE, William (47th Bn) 4484 GRAHAM, George 6077 HAINES, Tommy 3103A JOHNSON, John (11th LHR) MARSHALL, Archie (14th Bn) 3402 MARTIN, Richard 1359 PEWHEW, Tom PURCELL, Tom (15th Bn?) 7813A REID, Billy SMITH, Charlie 64382 STACEY, Jack VEHOW ?, Tom V. WILLIAMS, Tommy AIATSIS on their Indigenous Australians at War website provides a list of 25 Queensland Aboriginals on an Indigenous Honour Roll listing 62 men who died during WW1. The names compiled by Garth O'Connell are as follows: AITKEN, George Robert (5, 5/25th Bn) Killed In Action BAKER, Jack (32nd Bn) Killed In Action BLACKMAN, Alfred John (7/41st Bn) Died of Wounds BURNETT, Frederick Arthur (11th LHR) Killed In Action CLAYTON, Wilfred (3/49, 41st Bn) Killed In Action COMBO, Benjamin of Murgon (23/3rd Bn) Died of Illness at Sea COOEY, Martin (4th Pioneers) Died of Wounds DELANEY, Jack Killed In Action ELSDALE, William 'Billy' (14/9th, 47th Bn) Killed In Action GRAHAM, George Hamilton of Southport Killed In Action HAINES, Tommy Killed In Action JOHNSTON, John (11th LHR) Killed In Action JOHNSON, Walter 'Wally' (25th Bn) Killed In Action MARSHALL, Archibald James (41st Bn) Killed In Action MARTIN, Richard (2/15th, 47th Bn) Killed In Action MARTYN, Charles George (16/26th Bn) Killed In Action PEHOW, Thomas "Tom" William (12th Bn) Killed In Action PURCELL, Thomas "Tom" (15th Bn) Died of Wounds REID, Billy Killed In Action SMITH, Charlie Killed In Action STACEY, Jack Killed In Action STUBBINGS, William (5th Div RTC) Killed In Action TRIPCONY, Albert (15/25th Bn) Killed In Action VEHOW, Tom Killed In Action WILLIAMS, Tommy Killed In Action This list includes the names from the Reveille list as well as providing additional details such as Unit or Battalion. As a special supplement to their 20th October 2006 issue, The Kurbingui Star newspaper compiled a list of "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Soldiers of the First World War". This Nominal Roll was based on the work of David Huggonson and Robert Hall and an electronic version is available through the AIATSIS website. Included in the listings is a Roll of Honour identifying 96 Indigenous men who died in the service of their country during WW1. While uncertainty exists around these figures, the range of 62-96 casualties is quite sobering, given that recent research suggests there may have been as many as 1,200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who enlisted in WW1. A recent post indicates 5 known Aboriginal soldiers died at Gallipoli while the heavy casualties of the Western Front had a tragic impact on the AIF with many Aboriginal soldiers buried in communal war cemeteries. Pte C G Martyn from Goombungee lost his life at the Battle of Menin Road, near Ypres and is commemorated with a headstone at the Hooge Crater Cemetery, Passchendaele. These are the soldiers we know of who paid the ultimate sacrifice; there are other untold stories of Indigenous involvement in WW1 and the State Library encourages families and communities to share their memories of Indigenous soldiers. Desmond Crump Indigenous Languages Coordinator, Queensland Memory State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation in WW1 webpages References and Further Reading Kurbingui Star (2006) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Soldiers of the First World War. Special Supplement, 20th October 2006. Available online at AIATSIS. Returned Sailors’, Soldiers’ and Airmen’s League of Australia (1931). Reveille, 30 November 1931. SQ 355 005 Scarlett, P. (2011) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Volunteers for the AIF: The Indigenous response to World War One. 940.40994 SCA Online Sources AIATSIS Online Exhibition - Indigenous Australians at War. Australian War Memorial: AWM Negative P00889.017 Australian War Memorial: Roll of Honour Indigenous Histories Blog: Philippa Scarlett's Blog. National Archives of Australia: Service Records. Acknowledgements Photos of Hooge Crater Cemetery and Daours Communal Cemetery Extension from Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Herberton War Memorial photo courtesy of Louise Denoon.