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Walter BONSER #1329

Walter Tunner Bonser

Indigenous Australian, Walter BONSER, 5th & 11th Light Horse Regiments. Walter Robert ‘Tunner’ BONSER was born in Bourke, NSW in 1890 to William Burke and Catherine Matilda Murray.  He was working as a labourer when he enlisted at Toowoomba, 30 July 1915 aged 21. Bonser was assigned to the 5th Light Horse Regiment and embarked … Read more

Arthur Charles HOMER #115

Arthur Charles Homer

Indigenous Australian, Arthur HOMER, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Arthur HOMER, was born in Bathurst, NSW in 1889 the son of Thomas Homer and Margaret Mary Mason; he enlisted at Lismore, NSW not long after the declaration of Australia’s involvement in the First World War, in September 1914. With previous service in a Light Horse … Read more

Frank BALSER #3469

Frank Balser

Indigenous Australian, Frank BALSER, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Frank BALSER, was born on Lakefield Station, via Laura on Cape York, Qld. He successfully applied for exemption from the Protection of Aborigines Act in 1913 and when he enlisted in Brisbane 3 October 1917 he was employed as a coach driver. Balser embarked for Egypt … Read more

Edward HILL #3238

Trooper Edward Hill

Indigenous Australian, Edward HILL, 1st & 15th Light Horse Regiment Edward HILL was born in Goondiwindi in 1894 and was assigned three service numbers – and to three units before being selected for the 26th Reinforcements for the 1st Light Horse Regiment. Having enlisted at Narrabri, NSW in March 1916 he trained at Armidale before … Read more

Charles BAIRD #1234A

Charles BAIRD 11th Light Horse

Indigenous Australian, Charles BAIRD, 5th & 11th Light Horse Regiments. Trooper Charles Baird, was born at China Camp near Cooktown in 1889. He worked as a miner, near Bloomfield River before he volunteered in 1915. Charles Baird enlisted in Cooktown, 5 May 1916, age 26. He arrived in Egypt with the 9th Reinforcements for the … Read more

John CUBBO #3121A

John Cubbo

Indigenous Australian, Trooper John CUBBO, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper John Cubbo (Cobbo) was born in Kilkivan, Qld. in 1897 and was employed as a Stockman at Mirtna Station, when he first enlisted in Charters Towers August 1917. Just 20 years of age he was rejected on the grounds of ‘insufficient European parentage’ and discharged … Read more

Brigadier General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson Papers Digitised @ SLQ

Brigadier General L.C. Wilson. Source: "Annals of the Brisbane Grammar School 1869-1922, Compiled by Stuart Stephenson, Brisbane: Government Printer, 1923. Plate XLV.

The World War I papers of Brigadier General Lachlan Chisholm Wilson have recently been digitised by the State Library and are now available through our catalogue.  The material includes a scrapbook and a typewritten narrative of the activities of the 5th Light Horse Regiment. Lachlan Chisholm Wilson, one of Queensland’s most distinguished soldiers, was born in 1871 … Read more

Winton Lads, 5th Light Horse

Three mates, 5th Light Horse Regiment

This postcard from Trooper Tom Dawson, was written from the troopship Persic, just before the 5th Light Horse Regiment landed in Egypt. The photograph would have been taken in camp, before they embarked from Sydney in December 1914. Signed by four mates who enlisted together, their fortunes were mixed, two did not return. The rear of the … Read more