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Albert POWELL #3440

Albert Powell

Indigenous Australian, Albert POWELL, Australian Army Veterinary Corps. Albert Edward William Powell was born in 1880 at Blackall, Qld to unknown parents. He was working as a horse breaker at Myall Downs, Warialda, NSW when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in November 1916. He mis-stated his age on his enlistment papers by … Read more

Walter BONSER #1329

Walter Tunner Bonser

Indigenous Australian, Walter BONSER, 5th & 11th Light Horse Regiments. Walter Robert ‘Tunner’ BONSER was born in Bourke, NSW in 1890 to William Burke and Catherine Matilda Murray.  He was working as a labourer when he enlisted at Toowoomba, 30 July 1915 aged 21. Bonser was assigned to the 5th Light Horse Regiment and embarked … Read more

William NICHOLLS #2439

William Nicholls / Nicholld

Indigenous Australian, William NICHOLLS, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper William “Billy” NICHOLLS was born at Coen on the Cape York Peninsula in 1894. Like many Indigenous people who lived in the area he had been removed to the Yarrabah Aboriginal Mission; where he married Flora Ball in 1913. Nicholls enlisted in Cairns under the name … Read more

Ossie DICK #Q19609

Ossie Dick

Indigenous Australian, Ossie DICK, Light Horse Depot Battalion. Born in 1897 near Roma, QLD, Ossie DICK a horseman, was residing with his sister Eliza Malone on Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF. Dick was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by … Read more

Bismark MITCHELL #19601

Bismark Mitchell

Indigenous Australian, Bismark MITCHELL, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Bismark MITCHELL a farmer from Barambah was born in Mitchell, Qld. in 1898 and was living with his mother Lily Mia Ma Mitchell on Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. Bismark, just 19 years old was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive … Read more

Sunny MOSS #Q19611

Sunny Moss

Indigenous Australian, Sunny MOSS, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Sunny MOSS, a Stockman, was born in Cloyna, Qld in 1898 and had been removed from his family in Coen to the Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg, in 1911. Moss was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive by the Queensland Recruiting … Read more

Eric MORGAN #Q23940

Eric Morgan

Indigenous Australian, Eric MORGAN, 6th Reinforcements. Trooper Eric MORGAN, was born in Innisfail in 1899 and was working as a Stockman at Hillgrove Station, near Charters Towers when he enlisted 8 July 1918, just 19 years old. Due to his youth, his father Jack Morgan, was required to sign his enlistment papers, giving his consent … Read more

Charley MORGAN #3679

Charley Morgan

Indigenous Australian, Charley (Charlie) MORGAN, 49th & 25th Infantry Battalions. Charley (Charlie) Morgan was born in Ipswich, Qld. in 1896 to John Morgan and Bella Collins. He and his siblings lived on the Deebing Creek Mission and had been removed in 1908 to be placed at the Yarrabah Mission Station. Charley and his brother Alick … Read more