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John JOHNSTON #2430

John JOHNSTON

Indigenous Australian, Trooper John JOHNSTON, 11th Light Horse Regiment. John JOHNSTON born in 1891 to George Michael and Lucy Agnes Johnston, was a station hand working at Oondoona Station, Winton when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in October 1917. Johnston had attempted to enlist earlier but had been refused on the basis … Read more

Cyril Allen JOHNSON #1340

Cyril JOHNSON

Indigenous Australian, Cyril JOHNSON, 15th Infantry Battalion. Private Cyril JOHNSON was born in Sheffield, north-western Tasmania to Thomas Lewis and Esther Ann Johnson (nee Haydon) in 1888. Having already participated in the local citizen forces the ‘Tasmanian Rangers” he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in December 1914 in Brisbane, age 27. By January … Read more

Arthur ISLES #5155

Arthur Isles

Indigenous Australian, Arthur ISLES [aka Iles], 49th Infantry Battalion Arthur Iles was working as a Stockman when he volunteered to enlist in the first AIF in October 1915. Age 28 he was born in Springsure to William Henry Iles [Isles] and Mary Ellen Isles (nee Madden). Initially assigned to the reinforcements for the 9th Infantry … Read more

Harry BAKER #Q19600

Harry Baker

Indigenous Australian, Harry BAKER, Light Horse Depot Regiment Private Harry Baker, born in Coen in 1896, was a labourer residing at the Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. Harry  was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on 14 May 1917. 10 days later in Brisbane, … Read more

Robert HUBBARD #Q19603

Robert Hubbard

Indigenous Australian, Robert (Bob) HUBBARD, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Private Robert Hubbard, a stockman from Barambah was born in 1892 to Mary Ann Hubbard. He was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting Committee on 14 May 1917. 10 days later in Brisbane, during a patriot speech given … Read more

Percy HILL #139

Percy Hill

Indigenous Australian, Percy HILL, 42nd Infantry Battalion & 3rd Divisional Train. Percy Hill was born in Goodooga, NSW in 1880. When he enlisted in November 1915, age 35 he was working as an Artesian Well-Borer in Charters Towers, Queensland. Percy embarked from Sydney in June 1916 on board the troopship ‘Borda’ arriving in England six weeks … Read more