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William THOMPSON #10786

William Thompson

Indigenous Australian, Private William Thompson, 34th Infantry Battalion #10786. William Thompson was born in Goondiwindi in 1896, and worked as a labourer in Walgett. He was keen to volunteer to serve with the first AIF and enlisted at Narrabri, in July 1916, just 20 years of age. His service record notes that both his parents were … Read more

Willie CUMMINGS #63989

Willie Cummings

Indigenous Australian, Driver Willie CUMMINGS, Australian Army Service Corps. Willie Cummings (aka Cummins) was born at Stanley Hills, Qld. in 1899, he had been removed from his family in Boonah in 1913 and was living at the Aboriginal Mission at Barambah (now Cherbourg) when he enlisted in June 1916. The Office of the Chief Protector … Read more

Daniel CABBO #Q19612

Daniel Cabbo / Cobbo / Gabbo

Indigenous Australian, Private Daniel CABBO, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Daniel Cabbo (Cobbo, Gabbo), a farmer from Barambah was born on Borhillian Station, and lived with his wife Annie (nee Weazel) on Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. Daniel was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee … Read more

John CUBBO #3121A

John Cubbo

Indigenous Australian, Trooper John CUBBO, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper John Cubbo (Cobbo) was born in Kilkivan, Qld. in 1897 and was employed as a Stockman at Mirtna Station, when he first enlisted in Charters Towers August 1917. Just 20 years of age he was rejected on the grounds of ‘insufficient European parentage’ and discharged … Read more

Charles ALLEY #50270

Charles ALLEY

Indigenous Australian, Private Charles (Charlie) ALLEY, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Charlie Alley (aka ALLIE) was born in Charters Towers, 1901 to Charles Alley, a Malay and Fanny Palmer an Aboriginal woman from Canobie Station, via Cloncurry. Keen to participate, Charles Alley was only 16 when he enlisted in Brisbane, 20 December 1917 and he was … Read more

Jeffrey Law #7049A

John Coleman (aka Jeffrey Law)

Indigenous Australian, Private John Coleman (Jeffrey Law), 49th Infantry Battalion. John Coleman (aka Jeffrey Law) was born in Gayndah, Qld in 1891 to Dave Law (known as Coleman) and Kate. He was working as a Jockey when he enlisted in Brisbane in November 1917. Initially assigned to the 26th Battalion reinforcements, Private Coleman embarked from Sydney … Read more

Frank EGGLESTON #3211

Frank Eggleston

Indigenous Australian, Frank “Pompey” EGGLESTON, Imperial Camel Corps & 10th Light Horse Regiment. Frank “Pompey” Eggleston was born in Ipswich, Qld in 1886 to Francis Harker and Sarah Ellen Eggleston (nee Dixon). He was employed by the Western Australian Railways before he volunteered to serve with the First AIF in March 1917. In April 1915 … Read more