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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, 52nd Battalion AIF, killed in the attack to recapture … 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

Harry HARPER #Q2035

Harry Haper

Indigenous Australian, Harry HARPER, 52nd Infantry Battalion. Private Harry HARPER was born at Albany Downs, Mitchell in 1892 to Harry and Alice (nee Corrigan) and was working as a Stockman at Tomoo Station, south west of Mitchell when he and two mates Tommy Smith and Charlie Parkes decided to volunteer with the first AIF. Recruited … Read more

George Robert AITKEN #2367

George Aitken

Indigenous Australian, Private George AITKEN, 52nd Infantry Battalion. George Robert AITKEN, was born on Walloon Station, via Taroom, Qld in 1894. His birth parents were Princess Carlo, Barambah Station & George Richard Aitken, manager Cania Diggings, Eidsvold. His adoptive parents were Thomas & Mary (Lily) Hampson, who resided in Eidsvold. George Aitken was a stockman … Read more

Postcards home

Postcard to Ada from her brother Gordon Warner

When Corporal Ernest Gordon Warner wrote this postcard home to his 8 year old sister Ada, he had recently returned from hospital suffering the from the effects of mustard-gas-poisoning. Postcard from the album kept by Adeline Mary Warner, from her brother Gordon (Ernest) Gordon Warner was a stockman from Springsure, he enlisted in Rockhampton in January 1916 and … Read more