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 as residing in Stewart Street, Paddington.
William trained at Bell’s Paddock, Enoggera before proceeding overseas with ‘A’ Company 41st Infantry Battalion 20 June 1916 on board HMAT Demosthenes. He served with his unit in France, however he was hospitalised several times with bronchial asthma.
William was evacuated to England and after treatment sent to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth to convalesce. Unfortunately his condition did not improve enough to continue on active service, and was reclassified medically unfit.
He returned to Australia on a New Zealand hospital ship, for discharge in September 1917.
Read more …
- Service Record: AH SEE, William
- Embarkation roll: 41st Infantry Battalion
- Image: The Queenslander Pictorial
[Image incorrectly described as ‘W. Ah Lee’]
- 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