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Norman SAMUELS #N76008

Norman Samuels

Indigenous Australian, Norman SAMUELS, Depot. There was a good turnout at the recruiting drive held in Singleton, NSW in March 1917, which included the young Norman SAMUELS.  He stated that he had previously been rejected from serving with the AIF due being underage, although no records survive to support this. On his application he also … Read more

Phillip PRINCE #5165

Private Phillip PRINCE

Indigenous Australian, Phillip PRINCE, 49th Infantry Battalion. Private Phillip Prince was born in Augathella, Qld to Edward (Charlie) Prince and Jane Boyd in 1891. In November 1915 while Australian troops were still serving on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Phillip Prince volunteered to serve with the first AIF, age 24. Phillip Prince was a big strapping man, … Read more

Bob ROBERTS #64377

Bob Roberts

Indigenous Australian, Rob ROBERTS, Australian Army Service Corps. Private Roberts was a stockman working at Bluff Downs Station, near Charters Towers when he volunteered to the serve with the first AIF in August 1918. Just 21 years old, he was born in the gold mining community of Deep Lead, near Pentland to Lily Roberts, who … 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

Norman PRIESTLY #2786

Norman Priestly

Indigenous Australian, Norman (Val.) Priestly, 15th & 47th Infantry Battalion. Lance Corporal Norman (Val) PRIESTLY was born at Gordon Brook Station, NSW to William and Mary Priestly in 1896. He had been working as a labourer at Southgate, near Grafton but in August 1915, age just 19, he volunteered to serve for the first AIF. … Read more

William NICHOLLS #2439

William Nicholls / Nicholld

Indigenous Australian, William NICHOLLS, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper William “Billy” NICHOLLS was born at Coen on the Cape York Peninsula in 1894. Like many Indigenous people who lived in the area he had been removed to the Yarrabah Aboriginal Mission; where he married Flora Ball in 1913. Nicholls enlisted in Cairns under the name … Read more

Bismark MITCHELL #19601

Bismark Mitchell

Indigenous Australian, Bismark MITCHELL, Light Horse Depot Regiment. Bismark MITCHELL a farmer from Barambah was born in Mitchell, Qld. in 1898 and was living with his mother Lily Mia Ma Mitchell on Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. Bismark, just 19 years old was among 17 Aboriginal men who were recruited during a drive … Read more

Eric MORGAN #Q23940

Eric Morgan

Indigenous Australian, Eric MORGAN, 6th Reinforcements. Trooper Eric MORGAN, was born in Innisfail in 1899 and was working as a Stockman at Hillgrove Station, near Charters Towers when he enlisted 8 July 1918, just 19 years old. Due to his youth, his father Jack Morgan, was required to sign his enlistment papers, giving his consent … 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