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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

Alfred ROBERTS #3758

Alfred Roberts

Indigenous Australian, Alfred ‘Bertie’ ROBERTS, 45th Infantry Battalion. Private ‘Bertie’ ROBERTS was born in 1899 to Matthew Mansfield Roberts and Kate Doctor at Goondiwindi. Just 18 years of age and working as a stockman, Roberts volunteered to serve with the first AIF in February 1917 in Moree where his family was then living. He left … 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

Alick RILEY #7122

Alick Riley

Indigenous Australian Alick (Alex) RILEY, 25th & 26th Infantry Battalions. Alick RILEY, born in Winton in 1887, had been removed from his community in Longreach in 1913 and placed at the Barambah Aboriginal Mission, now known as Cherbourg. When he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in September 1917, he had been working as … Read more

George REID #6508

George Reid

Indigenous Australian, George REID, 9th Infantry Battalion. Private George Reid of the Gudgal people was born in Hughenden in 1889 and worked as a stockman near Charters Towers. When he volunteered for the first AIF in June 1916, he named his sister Lily Peachey who resided in Prairie, as his next of kin.  Reid trained … 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

Albert POWELL #3440

Albert Powell

Indigenous Australian, Albert POWELL, Australian Army Veterinary Corps. Albert Edward William Powell was born in 1880 at Blackall, Qld to unknown parents. He was working as a horse breaker at Myall Downs, Warialda, NSW when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in November 1916. He mis-stated his age on his enlistment papers by … 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

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