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 for Eric to enlist for ‘Active Service Abroad’.
Eric Morgan commenced training at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera and had been granted 10 days ‘home leave’ in August anticipating the unit’s departure for overseas. His skills as a horseman were recognised when he was allotted to the Reinforcements bound for Egypt and the Light Horse Regiments.
With departure imminent Trooper Morgan had his photograph taken at the tent studios outside the training camp in Enoggera, and it was published in The Queenslander Pictorial, early in November 1918.
Unfortunately due to the declaration of peace in November 1918, those still in Australia were discharged and Eric was released from his commitment to the AIF in December that year.
Read more …
- SERVICE RECORD: MORGAN, Eric
- IMAGE: The Queenslander Pictorial, 2 November 1918
- 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