Indigenous Australian, Private George GRAHAM, 26th Infantry Battalion.
George GRAHAM an oysterman from Nerang Creek, volunteered age 40 to serve with the first AIF in May 1916, mis-stating that he was 28 years old.
Born to Andrew Graham and Jenny McGussy in Logan in 1876 he worked the oyster beds off the coast of Southern Queensland. He had married Emily Scott in 1901, and when he enlisted they had one child, Andrew George Graham.
After training at Enoggera, he embarked on board the troopship Marathon with the 17th Reinforcements for the 26th Infantry Battalion, in October 1916.
Private Graham arrived in France in April 1917 and was selected to attend Bomb School, in July of that year. Promoted to Lance Corporal he served with the 26th Battalion in Belgium in battles at Menin Road and Brooseinde Ridge. After leave in England he returned to his unit, reverting to Private at his own request.
In July 1918 the 26th Battalion undertook operations around Monument Wood, near Villers-Brettoneux. On 7th July Private Graham was seriously wounded by a high explosive shell. Graham was evacuated to the 6th Australian Field Ambulance who transferred him to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station for evacuation. It was here that he died.
Private Graham is buried at Crouy British Cemetery, 10 miles north of Amiens.
His wife Emily supplied a brief inscription for her husband’s headstone “For Australia”.
Read more …
- Service record: GRAHAM, George
- Embarkation roll
- Roll of honour
- Roll of honour circular [pdf]
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- 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 | QANZAC 100, State Library of Queensland