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George WEST #3497

Indigenous Australian George WEST, 5th Light Horse Regiment George West was 27 when he volunteered to serve for his country in November 1917, it was not his first attempt to enlist; he had previously been rejected on the basis of his heritage, being ‘half caste’. Employed as a horsebreaker on Prairie Station near Gladstone, he … Read more

Frederick TEARE #3496

Frederick Teare, 5th Light Horse Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Frederick TEARE, 5th Light Horse Regiment Trooper Frederick TEARE was born on Barwon Station, Qld in 1889. When he stepped forward in July 1917 to volunteer with the first AIF, he named is brother Jack (John) as his next of kin. After Fred enlisted at Mackay he traveled to Brisbane where he trained … Read more

Sidney ROBERTS #3491

Sidney Roberts

Indigenous Australian, Sidney ROBERTS, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Sidney ROBERTS, born in 1888 to Nugget Roberts (1854-1919) and Liza (Eliza) on Tongy Station near Mitchell, Qld. Roberts was a station hand at Tomoo Station, Mitchell when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in June 1917 and travelled to Rifle Range Camp at Enoggera, … Read more

Harry ROBERTS #50278

Harry Roberts

Indigenous Australian, Harry ROBERTS, 5th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper Harry ROBERTS, a stockman was born at Huntley Station near Clermont, Qld in April 1887 to William Roberts, a Scotsman and Annie. One of five children, Harry volunteered to serve with the first AIF in January 1918. Harry trained both at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera and … Read more

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