Indigenous Australian, Trooper Frederick COOLWELL, 11th Light Horse Regiment.
Frederick Richard Coolwell was born at Tamborine, Qld in 1899 and was employed as a Stockman when he enlisted in Brisbane, 22 May 1918.
Initially assigned to the 3rd Reinforcements Egypt, Fred Coolwell embarked on board the troopship HMAT Wiltshire from Sydney one month after enlisting, landing in Egypt 5 weeks later.
After training at Moascar, he was allotted to the 11th Light Horse Regiment, and served with his unit until he returned to Australia at the end of hostilities, 20 July 1919.
Frederick Coolwell returned to live and work in the Beaudesert area and married Jessy Mary Walker in 1923.
Read more …
- Service record: COOLWELL, Frederick
- AWM collection: 3rd Reinforcements, Egypt
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland