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Major William Alexander Craies: a brave Queenslander – KIA, Villers-Bretonneux, Anzac Day 1918

Major W.A.Craies, one of the staff at Chermside country camp, on Page 24 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 25 November, 1916.

Guest blogger: Dale Chatwin. In December I had the pleasure to visit Ipswich City Library to view copies of some documents which had been exhibited as part of their 2014 WW1 exhibit. They related to the death of the most senior ranking Queenslander, Major William Alexander Craies, 52nd¬†Battalion AIF, killed in the attack to recapture … Read more

Gale SIMPSON #3732A

Gale Simpson

Indigenous Australian, Gale SIMPSON, 49th Infantry Battalion Gale Henry John SIMPSON was born in Wondai to John (Jack) Simpson and Francis Maud Law in 1895. Gale first stepped forward to volunteer with the first AIF in October 1916 at the Kilkivan Shire Offices, with another local man Hervert Kitt, when Assistant Registrar Anderson along with … Read more

George SIMS #57915

George Henry Sims

Indigenous Australian, George SIMS, 26th Infantry Battalion George Sims was born in Windsor, NSW in 1890 to Walter Henry Sims and Louisa Lock of the Darug people. He was working as a labourer in Goomeri when he enlisted in Brisbane 10 June 1918. Sims was initially assigned to the 5th General Reinforcements, Queensland and trained … Read more

Cornelius ROE #5187

Cornelius ROE

Indigenous Australian, Cornelius ROE, 9th & 49th Infantry Battalions Private Con Roe’s father – Charles Edwin Roe, a grazier in Miriam Vale, died in 1904 leaving his mother Maggie one of the Gooreng Gooreng people, to provide for their four children – Charles William (Bill), Gwen, Ethel and Cornelius (Con). In December 1915 just 19 … Read more

Thomas DARE, Depot

Thomas DARE

Indigenous Australian, Thomas DARE, 26th Infantry Battalion In 1915 Tom DARE was working as a stockman on the notable pastoral holding Annandale Station, 49 km west of Birdsville, located on the tribal lands of the Wongkamala people. At that time it was owned by Sidney Kidman and was heavily affected by drought, losing thousands of … Read more

Robert BOND #Q20518

Robert Bond, Depot

Indigenous Australian, Robert BOND, Depot Company Bob BOND was employed as a stockman at Hawkwood Station, Mundubbera in 1917 when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF.¬† Born in May 1981, to John and Amy, he had recently married Totty Waddy at Barambah Aboriginal Mission. Recruiting officers purposely visited the Missions to sign up … Read more