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 one week later.
Undeterred he reapplied in June 1918 and was this time successful in his quest to serve with the first AIF.
John Cubbo was initially allotted to the general reinforcements bound for Egypt but his skills as a horseman were valued resulting in his transfer to the Australian Remount Unit.
Located in Maribyrnong, Victoria – John Cubbo spent two months training with the unit, where they were taught every aspect of caring for their mounts.
Click the image below to view footage [via YouTube] of the Remount Unit at Maribyrnong depot showing horse types, branding, shoeing, veterinary treatment and loading on to a transport ship.
He embarked with the 1st Reinforcements of the Australian Remount Unit, from Sydney in September 1918 arriving in Egypt just four weeks later.
In February 1919 Trooper Cubbo was selected to join the 5th Light Horse Regiment, which had remained in the Middle East well after the armistice was declared there in October 1918. They were employed to quell the Egyptian Revolt early in 1919 before they sailed for home in June 1919.
It is believed that John Cubbo (aka Cobbo) is related to Daniel Cabbo (aka Gabbo or Cobbo)
Read more …
- Service record: CUBBO, John
- Embarkation roll: Remount Unit 1st Reinforcements
- Image: The Queenslander Pictorial, 27 July 1918
- The Evening Telegraph, 1 September 1917 p.5
- Remount Unit footage
- 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