Indigenous Australian, Walter PAGE, 11th Light Horse Regiment.
Walter PAGE was born at Coraki, NSW in 1889 and was employed as a labourer when he enlisted in Lismore, NSW in July 1917. Although married, he had separated from his wife Annie who resided in Beaudesert, Queensland.
Walter Page trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera, which is where this image would have been taken, it was also the training camp for members of the Light Horse Regiments.
Two enterprising photographers set up tent studios outside the camp grounds and soldiers were encouraged to have their photographs taken. Over 30,000 of these images were published in The Queenslander Pictorial over the duration of the war, the State Library has made them available via its online catalogue.
Walter Page was found to be absent without leave on several occasions, the last being in November 1917. An enquiry into his ‘illegal absence’ was held in January 1918 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was eventually discharged from any further service in March 1918 ‘unlikely to become an efficient soldier‘.
- Service record: PAGE, Walter
- Image: The Queenslander Pictorial, 8 December 1917
- 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