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John (Jack) MASON #5248

John Mason 47th Battalion

Indigenous Australian, John MASON, 47th Infantry Battalion Jack Mason followed his brothers Allan and Leslie into camp when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in October 1915. The son of Thomas Mason and Rosanna ‘Rosa’ Owens in Walcha, NSW, his grandmother Maria Matthews was a Kamilaroi woman. After initially training at Enoggera barracks, … Read more

Allan MASON #1962

Allan Mason, 25th Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Allan MASON, 25th Infantry Battalion Allan MASON was the first of three brothers to volunteer to serve with the first AIF, in June 1915, he would be followed by his brothers Leslie and John the same year. Born to Thomas Mason and Rosanna ‘Rosa’ Owens in Walcha, NSW, his grandmother Maria Matthews was … Read more

Leslie MASON #3412

Leslie Mason, 4th Pioneers

Indigenous Australian, Leslie MASON, 4th Pioneer Battalion Leslie MASON was just 23 years old when he volunteered to serve for his country in August 1915, one of three Mason brothers to serve during the First World War. Born to Thomas Mason and Rosanna ‘Rosa’ Owens in Walcha, NSW, his grandmother Maria Matthews was a Kamilaroi … Read more

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, 52ndĀ 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