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Frank POLLOCK #644

Frank Pollock

Indigenous Australian, Frank POLLOCK, 4th Machine Gun Battalion Frank POLLOCK just 21 years old volunteered to serve with the First AIF in October 1916, 10 days before his older brother Walter also stepped forward. Frank was born in 1895 to David Pollock and Maggie Freeman (later Green) at Noondoo Station, situated between Dirranbandi and Thallon, … Read more

Richard and Frank Maitland

11th Machine Gun Company

Private Richard Maitland, front row, far right, 11th Australian Machine Gun Company. Brothers Reginald (Richard) and Francis (Frank) Maitland were born to Frank Maitland and Ellen Hewitt. Their mother Ellen died in 1903 and the three children were placed in care, the youngest Dorothy born just two years prior. Barely 19 years old, Richard Maitland enlisted … Read more

Frederick WHARTON #6530

Frederick Stanley WHARTON

Indigenous Australian, Frederick WHARTON, 9th Infantry Battalion. Fred WHARTON was born in 1893 at Walgett, NSW to Frederick Horsley Wharton and Grace Hendren. One of three brothers to enlist, Fred was working as a stockman at Pentland, near Charters Towers when he volunteered in June 1916. His initial training took place at Rifle Range Camp, … Read more

Virgil TEMPLETON #5032

Indigenous Australian, Virgil TEMPLETON, 26th Infantry Battalion. Virgil Charles TEMPLETON, was one of four siblings admitted to Salvation Army children’s homes in 1901 after their mother Maria was declared unfit to care for them – Josephine age 2, Virgil age 4, Henry age 5, and Lomer/Loma age 6. The girls were committed to the ‘Industrial … Read more