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John MOREFIELD #1685

John Morefield

Indigenous Australian, John (Jack) MOREFIELD, 52nd & 42nd Infantry Battalions. Private John Morefield, born in 1883 was working as a timber cutter when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in 1916. With no known living relatives, Morefield named William Dunn as his next of kin, having been brought up with the Dunn family … Read more

1915, The Ordinary Soldier

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Guest blogger: Rose Wright, Arts Program teacher, Maryborough Special School Imagine you are a shy student teacher out for your first classroom placement—in a special school, no less— and walking into the late stages of a whole-school WW1 commemorative production. It is comparable to —a century before—those arrivals at Gallipoli in late 1915, with the … Read more

Alick RILEY #7122

Alick Riley

Indigenous Australian Alick (Alex) RILEY, 25th & 26th Infantry Battalions. Alick RILEY, born in Winton in 1887, had been removed from his community in Longreach in 1913 and placed at the Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. When he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in September 1917, he had been working as … Read more

George REID #6508

George Reid

Indigenous Australian, George REID, 9th Infantry Battalion. Private George Reid of the Gudgal people was born in Hughenden in 1889 and worked as a stockman near Charters Towers. When he volunteered for the first AIF in June 1916, he named his sister Lily Peachey who resided in Prairie, as his next of kin.  Reid trained … Read more

Norman PRIESTLY #2786

Norman Priestly

Indigenous Australian, Norman (Val.) Priestly, 15th & 47th Infantry Battalion. Lance Corporal Norman (Val) PRIESTLY was born at Gordon Brook Station, NSW to William and Mary Priestly in 1896. He had been working as a labourer at Southgate, near Grafton but in August 1915, age just 19, he volunteered to serve for the first AIF. … Read more