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Walter POLLOCK #7291

Walter Pollock

Indigenous Australian, Walter POLLOCK, 15th Infantry Battalion Walter POLLOCK put his name forward to volunteer for the first AIF in November 1916, 10 days after his younger brother Frank. Born at Noondoo Station, in 1890 to Maggie Freeman (later Green) and David Pollock, Walter was a station hand at Noondoo, like his brother. Walter was … Read more

William Ernest RALPH #6874

William Ernest Ralph

Indigenous Australian, William RALPH, 15th Infantry Battalion William RALPH’s story highlights the difficulties faced by indigenous families as they sought to be treated as equals among the general community. Like many of his peers, William RALPH volunteered to serve with the first AIF, and in October 1915 while allied troops were still deployed to the … Read more

Tommy PURCELL #7813a

Tommy Purcell

Indigenous Australian, Tommy PURCELL, 15th Infantry Battalion. Tommy PURCELL also known as Tommy LEE was born in Atherton in 1894. He was just 21 years old when he enlisted in the first AIF in September 1917, he named his sister Emily Purcell as his next of kin. Tommy initially trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera … Read more

Norman PRIESTLY #2786

Norman Priestly

Indigenous Australian, Norman (Val.) Priestly, 15th & 47th Infantry Battalion. Lance Corporal Norman (Val) PRIESTLY was born at Gordon Brook Station, NSW to William and Mary Priestly in 1896. He had been working as a labourer at Southgate, near Grafton but in August 1915, age just 19, he volunteered to serve for the first AIF. … Read more

Harry Thomas MARTYN #7262

Harry Thomas Martyn

Indigenous Australian, Harry MARTYN, 15th Infantry Battalion. Private Harry MARTYN and his brother Charles enlisted together, volunteering to serve with the first AIF in February 1916. Born in 1897 to Charles William and Rose Sarah (nee Conlon), Harry was initially assigned to the same reinforcements as Charles, but he embarked from Sydney with the 24th … Read more

Cyril Allen JOHNSON #1340


Indigenous Australian, Cyril JOHNSON, 15th Infantry Battalion. Private Cyril JOHNSON was born in Sheffield, north-western Tasmania to Thomas Lewis and Esther Ann Johnson (nee Haydon) in 1888. Having already participated in the local citizen forces the ‘Tasmanian Rangers” he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in December 1914 in Brisbane, age 27. By January … Read more

Norman BAIRD #7685A

Norman Baird

Indigenous Australian Norman BAIRD, 9th & 15th Infantry Battalions. Private Norman Baird, 9th & 15th Infantry Battalions, later Australian Veterinary Hospital was born at China Camp, near Cooktown in 1888. He was employed as a miner near Bloomfield River before he volunteerd in 1917. Norman Baird enlisted in Cairns 2 August 1917, age 30, and … Read more

William HARRIS #2838

William Harris

Indigenous Australian, William HARRIS, 15th Infantry Battalion William Harris was born in Wellington, New South Wales in 1891. When he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1915, troops were still fighting the ill-fated campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Harris enlisted at Toowoomba, Qld and trained at Enoggera. In just a few weeks … Read more

Curtis FORD #4784

Curtis Ford

Indigenous Australian, Private Curtis FORD, 15th Infantry Battalion. Curtis Ford was born at Southport, QLD in 1888 to Arthur Ford and Julia Sandy. Records show that after the death of his mother in 1896, Curtis and several of his siblings attended the Deebing Creek Aboriginal School. Curtis Ford was working as a stockman when he … Read more