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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 GEARY #2429

John Geary

Indigenous Australian, John Geary, 11th Light Horse Regiment Just 22 years old, John GEARY volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1917. Born in near Bundaberg in 1894 to William Geary and Rosie Broom, Geary was stockman on Tantitha Station near Bundaberg. His skills as a horseman were well suited to the Light … 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

Charley MORGAN #3679

Charley Morgan

Indigenous Australian, Charley (Charlie) MORGAN, 49th & 25th Infantry Battalions Charley (Charlie) Morgan was born in Ipswich, Qld. in 1896 to John Morgan and Bella Collins. He and his siblings lived on the Deebing Creek Mission and had been removed in 1908 to be placed at the Yarrabah Mission Station. Charley and his brother Alick … Read more

Jack OLIFFE #2440

Jack Oliffe

Indigenous Australian, Jack OLIFFE, 11th Light Horse Regiment Almost 24 years old, Jack Oliffe born to Jack and Maria Major, had been working as a station hand when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF, in July 1917. Having trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera, Jack embarked for Egypt with a number of other … Read more

Edward CAPEEN #4039

Edward Capeen (Kapeen)

Indigenous Australian, Private Edward CAPEEN (Kapeen), 31st Infantry Battalion. Edward Capeen was born at Broadwater, NSW to Jack and Charlotte Kapeen in 1895 and was working as a labourer when he enlisted at Lismore 4 July 1916. Edward Capeen trained in Brisbane before embarking for overseas on board HMAT Boona in October 1916. He joined … Read more

Thomas ANDREWS #2124

Thomas Leslie Andrews

Indigenous Australian, Private Thomas ANDREWS, 52nd & 49th Infantry Battalions. Thomas Leslie ANDREWS was born in Termeil, New South Wales, the son of James and Rachel Andrews (nee Claydon) from Cooran. Thomas Andrews worked as a bullock-driver in the Sunshine Coast hinterland before enlisting in Brisbane 26 March 1916, age 23. Andrews trained at Rifle … Read more

William AH SEE #113

William Ah See

Indigenous Australian, William AH SEE (aka Ahsee), 41st Infantry Battalion William AH SEE was born in Taroom, to Tom Ah See and Maggy [Margaret] Dunn. His mother later resided at the Deebing Creek Aboriginal Mission, Ipswich. William was a carpenter working on Morella Station, via Roleston when he enlisted age 24, in November 1915; he … Read more