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Thomas SLEEWEE #24823

Thomas Sleewee, attestation paper

Indigenous Australian, Thomas SLEEWEE, Depot Very little is known about Tommie Sleewee, but we can piece together a small part of his story from his scanty service record and other primary sources. * His surname is variously spelt Sleewee or Slewee. In September 1916, Thomas Slewee was arrested for false pretenses and sentence to a … Read more

William YEO #3516

William Henry Yeo, enlistment 29 October 1914

Indigenous Australian, William YEO, 54th Infantry Battalion William Henry Yeo was very keen to serve for his country, but his first two offers to volunteer from Queensland in 1914 and 1915 were rejected. Born in 1890 to William Yeo (1854-1895) and Harriet Chown (1863-1926) at Frogmore, NSW, he was only 5 when his father died, … Read more

George WEST #3497

Indigenous Australian George WEST, 5th Light Horse Regiment George West was 27 when he volunteered to serve for his country in November 1917, it was not his first attempt to enlist; he had previously been rejected on the basis of his heritage, being ‘half caste’. Employed as a horsebreaker on Prairie Station near Gladstone, he … Read more

Joseph Carlisle WATTS #236

Joseph Carlisle Watts, 42nd Infantry Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Joseph WATTS, 42nd Infantry Battalion Joseph Carlisle WATTS (1893-1962) was one of three brothers who volunteered to serve for his country. They were Yuin men from the south coast of New South Wales, born to Charles Watts and Mary Ann Longbottom Joe WATTS just 20 year old, enlisted to serve with the first … Read more

Ernest WATTS #6850

Ernest Longbottom Watts, 9th Infantry Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Ernest WATTS, 9th Infantry Battalion Ernest (Ernie) Longbottom WATTS (1893-1962) was one of three brothers who volunteered to serve for his country. They were Yuin men from the south coast of New South Wales, born to Charles Watts and Mary Ann Longbottom. Ernie was 25 years old when he enlisted in the first … Read more

Charles Henry WATTS, Depot

Charles Henry Watts, 41st Infantry Depot Batalion

Indigenous Australian, Charles Henry WATTS, 41st Infantry Depot Battalion Charles Henry WATTS (1898-1970) was one of three brothers who volunteered to serve for his country. They were Yuin men from the south coast of New South Wales, born to Charles Watts and Mary Ann Longbottom Charles enlisted at Lismore when he was just 18 in … Read more

Norman WATTS #2667

Indigenous Australian, Alfred WATTS, 41st Infantry Battalion Recently widowed, Norman Alfred Henry WATTS volunteered to serve for his country in August 1916. Formerly employed at the Ebbw Vale Brickworks, Ipswich he was the son of Englishman Withers Cazalet Watts and Torres Strait Island woman Violet Inglebee Blakesley, who’s family was from Tutu (Warrior Island). Watts … Read more

Harold WALSH #4447

Harold Walsh, 11th Light Horse Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Harold WALSH, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Harold WALSH (1895-1974) was born at Duaringa near Rockhampton. When he enlisted in the first AIF in January 1918 he did not name any living relatives, instead listed ‘friend’ Mrs Amelia Grace Bromley as his next of kin. Harold was sent to Brisbane where he did his … Read more

Charles WALSH #24222

Charles Walsh, Reserve Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Charles WALSH, Reserve Unit Charles WALSH was born on Torella / Torilla Station, central Queensland in 1900 and was working at Blairmore Station, Gayndah when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in September 1918. Assigned to the Reserve Unit at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera he was given ‘home leave’ in anticipation … Read more