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Queensland’s First World War death registers digital story

First World War registers

State Library recently commissioned a digital story, to highlight the unique First World War death registers held at Queensland’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM). These registers are hold almost 10,000 names, but none of the soldiers registered died in Queensland. Between 1921-1924, as a means of providing Queensland families with some kind of closure, … Read more

Harry ALDRIDGE #540

Harry Edgar Aldrige

Private Harry ALDRIDGE, 9th Infantry Battalion. Harry (Harold) Edgar Aldridge was keen to volunteer with the first AIF, when Australia announced it was to go to war. With more than two years previous experience with the 4th Infantry Battalion he enlisted on 22 August 1914 and was allotted to the 9th Infantry Battalion, being formed … Read more

George ROBEY #530

George Horace Townsend Robey

Sergeant George ROBEY, 9th Infantry Battalion. George Robey was working as a station hand in Queensland when he decided to volunteer with the first AIF in August 1914. He spent just a few weeks training at the Enoggera army camp, before embarking with his mates of the 9th Infantry Battalion, E Company on board the … Read more

Martin CONNELLAN #593

Martin Connellan

Martin CONNELLAN, 9th Infantry Battalion. Martin Connellan from Maryborough was a frame builder when he volunteered 19 August 1914. Just prior to the Gallipoli landing Connellan was taken ill and evacuated to hospital at Heliopolis, in Cairo, but he rejoined his mates in June at Gabe Tepe. Not only did he survive the front lines, … Read more

Harvey NEWNHAM #619

Harvey Newnham

Harvey NEWNHAM, 9th Infantry Battalion. Harvey Newnham, originally from Victoria enlisted age 25 at Toowoomba, where he had been employed as a ‘bacon curer’; a keen rifleman he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Battalion.  Harvey wrote letters home to his sister, where he described his experiences, extracts of which were published in the Woodend … Read more