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John MAKINSON #2184

Indigenous Australian, John MAKINSON, 25th & 9th Infantry Battalions Jack MAKINSON was just 6 years old when his mother Catherine Gissell passed away. His father, also John, relinquished the care of his seven children to a Policeman and his wife in Dubbo who cared for them until they were old enough to make their own … Read more

Ernest WATTS #6850

Ernest Longbottom Watts, 9th Infantry Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Ernest WATTS, 9th Infantry Battalion Ernest (Ernie) Longbottom 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. Ernie was 25 years old when he enlisted in the first … Read more

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

Frederick WHARTON #6530

Frederick Stanley WHARTON

Indigenous Australian, Frederick WHARTON, 9th Infantry Battalion. Fred WHARTON was born in 1893 at Walgett, NSW to Frederick Horsley Wharton and Grace Hendren. One of three brothers to enlist, Fred was working as a stockman at Pentland, near Charters Towers when he volunteered in June 1916. His initial training took place at Rifle Range Camp, … 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

John (Jack) HUGGINS #5689

8th Reinf. 9th Battallion

Indigenous Australian, John (Jack) Huggins, 9th & 26th Infantry Battalions. Jack Huggins was almost thirty years old when he was accepted to serve for his country on New Years Eve, 1915. Tall and lean, he was a stockman like his father before him, used to working in the harsh conditions of northern Queensland. Jack’s previous … 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