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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

George SIMS #57915

George Henry Sims

Indigenous Australian, George SIMS, 26th Infantry Battalion George Sims was born in Windsor, NSW in 1890 to Walter Henry Sims and Louisa Lock of the Darug people. He was working as a labourer in Goomeri when he enlisted in Brisbane 10 June 1918. Sims was initially assigned to the 5th General Reinforcements, Queensland and trained … 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

Thomas DARE, Depot

Thomas DARE

Indigenous Australian, Thomas DARE, 26th Infantry Battalion In 1915 Tom DARE was working as a stockman on the notable pastoral holding Annandale Station, 49 km west of Birdsville, located on the tribal lands of the Wongkamala people. At that time it was owned by Sidney Kidman and was heavily affected by drought, losing thousands of … Read more

Robert BOND #Q20518

Robert Bond, Depot

Indigenous Australian, Robert BOND, Depot Company Bob BOND was employed as a stockman at Hawkwood Station, Mundubbera in 1917 when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF.  Born in May 1981, to John and Amy, he had recently married Totty Waddy at Barambah Aboriginal Mission. Recruiting officers purposely visited the Missions to sign up … Read more

Walter POLLOCK #7291

Walter Pollock

Indigenous Australian, Walter POLLOCK, 15th Infantry Battalion Walter POLLOCK put his name forward to volunteer for the first AIF in November 1916, 10 days after his younger brother Frank. Born at Noondoo Station, in 1890 to Maggie Freeman (later Green) and David Pollock, Walter was a station hand at Noondoo, like his brother. Walter was … Read more

Frank POLLOCK #644

Frank Pollock

Indigenous Australian, Frank POLLOCK, 4th Machine Gun Battalion Frank POLLOCK just 21 years old volunteered to serve with the First AIF in October 1916, 10 days before his older brother Walter also stepped forward. Frank was born in 1895 to David Pollock and Maggie Freeman (later Green) at Noondoo Station, situated between Dirranbandi and Thallon, … 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

Virgil TEMPLETON #5032

Indigenous Australian, Virgil TEMPLETON, 26th Infantry Battalion. Virgil Charles TEMPLETON, was one of four siblings admitted to Salvation Army children’s homes in 1901 after their mother Maria was declared unfit to care for them – Josephine age 2, Virgil age 4, Henry age 5, and Lomer/Loma age 6. The girls were committed to the ‘Industrial … Read more