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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

Willie Carrisey #Q21122

Willie Carrisey

Indigenous Australian, Willie CARRISEY, Depot Company Willie CARRISEY and his brother Thomas were both working as stockmen on Listowel Downs Station, Blackall, when they volunteered to serve in the First World War. Willie Carrisey enlisted in Charleville 25 July 1917 and was assigned to No.1 Depot Company. He was not accepted for service based on … Read more

Thomas Carrisey #Q21121

Thomas Carrissey

Indigenous Australian, Thomas CARRISEY, No.1 Depot Company Thomas CARRISEY and his brother Willie were both working as stockmen on Listowel Downs Station, Blackall, when they volunteered to serve in the First World War. Thomas Carrisey enlisted in Charleville 9 June 1917 and was assigned to No.1 Depot Company. Thomas was not accepted for service based … Read more

James CAIRNCROSS #3610A

James Cairncross aka Jimmy Cotterman

Indigenous Australian, James CAIRNCROSS, 47th & 25th Infantry Battalion. Jimmy COOTERMAN was born at Myora Mission on North Stradbroke Island in 1887. He volunteered to serve in the first AIF under his ‘adoptive’ name of CAIRNCROSS in May 1917. Jimmy trained for several months at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera before embarking from Sydney on board … Read more

Arthur BUNDAI #Q23572

Arthur Bundie

Indigenous Australian, Arthur BUNDAI, Australian Remount Unit. Arthur BUNDAI aka BUNDIE was born 4 May 1898, at Taroom Aboriginal mission to Dick Bundai and Alice Dutton.  Arthur enlisted age 20 at Dalby in May 1918, and initially trained at Enoggera Barracks, just outside Brisbane. At first selected for the General Reinforcements for Egypt, he was … Read more