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Thomas ANDREWS #2124

Thomas Leslie Andrews

Indigenous Australian, Private Thomas ANDREWS, 52nd & 49th Infantry Battalions. Thomas Leslie ANDREWS was born in Termeil, New South Wales, the son of James and Rachel Andrews (nee Claydon) from Cooran. Thomas Andrews worked as a bullock-driver in the Sunshine Coast hinterland before enlisting in Brisbane 26 March 1916, age 23. Andrews trained at Rifle … Read more

Robert ANDERSON #Q22911


Indigenous Australian, Private Robert ANDERSON, Depot Battalion. Robert ANDERSON was born in Rockhampton in 1892 and had been working as a Blacksmith and Horse breaker when he volunteered to serve in the first AIF in February 1918; at the time he was residing with his wife May Ellen (nee Baul) and daughter Marjory Agnes at Cooroy, Qld. … Read more

Percy ANDERSON #6704


Indigenous Australian, Private Percy Anderson, 9th Infantry Battalion, 22nd Reinforcements. Percy Anderson was born in Stanthorpe in 1900; his parents were Percy Herbert and Annie Anderson (nee McGore) who resided in Stanthorpe, later Roma. At just 15 years old, Percy stated he was over 21 years and working as a miner, when he enlisted in … Read more

William AH SEE #113

William Ah See

Indigenous Australian, Private William AH SEE (aka Ahsee), 41st Infantry Battalion. William AH SEE was born in Taroom, his mother Margaret Ah See resided at the Deebing Creek Mission, Ipswich. William Ah See was a carpenter working on Morella Station, via Roleston when he enlisted, age 24, 15 November 1915; he listed his wife Evelyn … Read more

Walter COOCHY #2420

Walter Couchy

Indigenous Australian, Walter COOCHY (aka Couchey), 7th, 23rd & 9th Field Artillery Brigades. Walter COOCHY was born in Gayndah, Qld. to Emily Couchy in 1893 and was working as a horse breaker when he volunteered to serve in the first AIF, November 1915. Initially allotted to the 16th Reinforcements for the 5th Light Horse Regiment, he … Read more

Edmond COOCHY #Depot

Edmund Coochey

Indigenous Australian, Private Edmund COOCHY (AKA Couchy), Depot Battalion. Edmund Coochy a stockman on Mt Joseph Station, Brooweena, was born in Gayndah, Qld in 1889. His wife Agnes and two month old child were living at Gayndah when he enlisted in July 1917. Private Edmund Coochy was discharged two weeks later for having ‘no white … Read more

Percy Alfred FRENCH #3295

Percy French

Indigenous Australian, Private Percy Alfred FRENCH, 2nd Light Horse Regiment & AAMC 7th Sanitary Section, Anzac Mounted Division. Percy (Peter) French was born in 1894 in Scone, NSW to William Thomas and Mary French (nee Norton). His father was Head Stockman at Sandilands Station up until his death in 1922. Percy came to Brisbane and … Read more

George James HEARN #5352

George James Hearn

Indigenous Australian, Private George HEARN, 26th Infantry Battalion. George James HEARN was born in Eulo, Qld in December 1895 to Joseph and Mary (Polly) Hearn (nee Dunn). George’s grandparents were Henry and Emily Dunn who hailed from Beechal Station, Qld, Emily was the daughter of an Aboriginal woman named Caroline. George Hearn was working as … Read more

James BREWHOUSE #4028

James Brewhouse

Indigenous Australian, Private James BREWHOUSE, 31st Infantry Battalion. James Richard Brewhouse was born in 1869 in Coonabarabran, NSW and was working as a Stock and Station hand at Peak Downs Station, Mitchell, when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1916. Enlistment age at that time was between 18-45 years, James Brewhouse … Read more