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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

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

Wallie JOHNSON #2444

Wally Johnson

Indigenous Australian, Wallie (Walter) Johnson, 49th & 47th Infantry Battalions. Wallie (Walter) Johnson was born on Whyenbah Station, near St George in 1894. His mother died when he was very young and Wallie was taken in by the local police sergeant Phillip Cowley and his wife Harriet (Hetty). He was raised along with their own … Read more

William OLIVE #5158

William Olive

William OLIVE, 9th & 49th Infantry Battalion Private Willie Olive was born to James [?] Olive and Nellie Cowan (1854-1904) about 1883 and although he enlisted in Lismore, NSW to serve with the first AIF, he trained at Enoggera, Brisbane with the 16th Reinforcements for the 9th Infantry Battalion. His mother Nellie had died in … Read more

Tom SMITH #3724A

Tom Smith

Indigenous Australian, Tom SMITH,  49th Infantry Battalion When Tom (Thomas Henry) SMITH enlisted in the first AIF in May 1917, it was not for the first time. Tom had previously volunteered in 1915 but was rejected for being half-caste. On this occasion Tom was in the company of two other Aboriginal recruits, Charlie Parker and … Read more

Albert ROBINSON #6509

Albert Robinson

Indigenous Australian, Albert Robinson, 9th & 49th Infantry Battalions. Born in Tenterfield NSW to Michael (Bucky) Robinson and Kate Gaton in 1883, Robinson was a talented horseman and was working as a station hand when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in June 1916. Although he enlisted in Lismore, like many recruits from … Read more

Samuel NAPOLEON #3867

Samuel Napoleon

Indigenous Australian, Samuel NAPOLEON, 9th & 49th Infantry Battalions. Samuel Dassien NAPOLEON was born in Cangai to Bertrand Napoleon and Annie Olive, in 1892. Samuel had been working as a stockman when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in October 1915, age 23, two months before his older brother William stepped forward. After … Read more

William Joseph NAPOLEON #2966

William Napoleon

Indigenous Australian, William NAPOLEON, 49th Infantry Battalion. William Joseph NAPOLEON was born in Cangai, NSW to Bertrand Napoleon and Annie Olive in 1884. William was a keen sportsman competing in amateur boxing and wrestling, and woodchop events many times, before volunteering to join the first AIF in December 1915. After enlisting in Lismore he trained … Read more

In Love and War

James Urquhart to Violet Wilkinson

Private James Henry Urqhart, 9th and 49th Infantry Battalions. When Jim Urqhuart volunteered to serve with the first AIF in June 1915, allied troops were still fighting on the Gallipoli Peninsula. One of 10 children born to Henry James Urquhart and Isabella Fraser, his mother had died in 1901 when he was only nine, leaving … Read more