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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

George LAURIE #599

George Laurie

Indigenous Australian, George LAURIE, 42nd Infantry Battalion George LAURIE was a stockman, born in Comet in 1889 to Harry and Marie Laurie. His father was ‘Cinghalese’ and his mother a half caste Aboriginal woman. When he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in November 1915 he was 26 and named his sister Violet as … Read more

William John HOULAHAN #1128

Jack Houlahan

Indigenous Australian, Jack HOULAHAN, 42nd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Division Salvage Company. William John (Jack) HOULAHAN (Houlihan) was born in Thargomindah in 1895 to William Houlahan and Lizzie an Aboriginal woman. Jack had been employed as a stockman on Ray Station, before volunteering to serve with the first AIF in February 1916. He travelled to the … Read more

Those Imperishable Names…Walde Gerard Fisher and Charles Robertson Wonderley

Walde Fisher 1915

Guest blogger: Simon Farley, Fryer Librarian. ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’  John 15:13, KJV Remembering Walde Gerard Fisher (1894-1918) and Charles Robertson Wonderley (1894-1918) friends and students together at The University of Queensland who both graduated with firsts in Classics on the same … Read more

John MOREFIELD #1685

John Morefield

Indigenous Australian, John (Jack) MOREFIELD, 52nd & 42nd Infantry Battalions. Private John Morefield, born in 1883 was working as a timber cutter when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in 1916. With no known living relatives, Morefield named William Dunn as his next of kin, having been brought up with the Dunn family … Read more

Percy HILL #139

Percy Hill

Indigenous Australian, Percy HILL, 42nd Infantry Battalion & 3rd Divisional Train. Percy Hill was born in Goodooga, NSW in 1880. When he enlisted in November 1915, age 35 he was working as an Artesian Well-Borer in Charters Towers, Queensland. Percy embarked from Sydney in June 1916 on board the troopship ‘Borda’ arriving in England six weeks … Read more

William Thomas EXTON #3162

William Thomas Exton

Indigenous Australian, Private William Thomas Exton, 41st & 42nd Infantry Battalions. William Exton was working as a labourer in Beaudesert with his wife Eva (Coolwell) and their young child when he volunteered to enlist with the first AIF in August 1916. He trained at Rife Range Camp, Enoggera and embarked with the 7th Reinforcements for … Read more