Indigenous Australian, Harry MARTYN, 15th Infantry Battalion.
Private Harry MARTYN and his brother Charles enlisted together, volunteering to serve with the first AIF in February 1916.
Born in 1897 to Charles William and Rose Sarah (nee Conlon), Harry was initially assigned to the same reinforcements as Charles, but he embarked from Sydney with the 24th Reinforcements for the 15th Infantry Battalion, in January 1917.
Both Harry and Charles served in Belgium in September 1917 in their respective Battalions; Charles was fatally wounded, Harry was evacuated from the field suffering from the effects of ‘shell shock’. He returned one month later and again was treated by the field ambulance for the same condition.
Harry continued to take his place in the front lines until June 1918 when he was evacuated to England with Trench Fever. There he spent several months recuperating; remaining in England until being repatriated home in June 1919.
Read more …
- SERVICE RECORD: MARTYN, Harry Thomas
- EMBARKATION ROLL: 24th Reinf. 15th Infantry Battalion
- Image: The Queensland Pictorial, 7 October 1916
- 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