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Daniel WALLACE #4448

Daniel Wallace, 11th Light Horse Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Daniel WALLACE, 11th Light Horse Regiment. When Daniel Wallace embarked from Sydney aboard SS Port Darwin in April 1918 he was in the company of several other known Indigenous soldiers – Niney McDonald #4441, Robert Shepherd #4445, and Harold Walsh #4447. Just 21 years old, Wallace was born at Brocks Creek, NT and … Read more

Albert TRIPCONY #5655

Albert Tripcony, 25th Infantry Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Albert TRIPCONY, 25th Infantry Battalion Albert ‘Bertie’ Tripcony was the eldest son of Thomas Buchanan Tripcony and Mary Rose Tyrell Rollins. Born on Stradbroke Island in 1892 he was working as an oysterman before he volunteered to serve with the First AIF in February 1916. Tripocony first trained with the infantry at Bell’s … Read more

William James TIGHE #57648

William James Tighe

Indigenous Australian, William TIGHE, 4th Reinforcements Queensland, 1918 William Tighe was born to Albert Tighe and Joanna Leane, in 1888. When William volunteered to serve with the first AIF in January 1918 he was already married with five children, his wife was Ida ‘Millie’ Beatrice Conroy. Passed medically fit, he trained at Rifle Range Camp, … Read more

Frederick TEARE #3496

Frederick Teare, 5th Light Horse Regiment

Indigenous Australian, Frederick TEARE, 5th Light Horse Regiment Trooper Frederick TEARE was born on Barwon Station, Qld in 1889. When he stepped forward in July 1917 to volunteer with the first AIF, he named is brother Jack (John) as his next of kin. After Fred enlisted at Mackay he traveled to Brisbane where he trained … Read more

John (Jack) MASON #5248

John Mason 47th Battalion

Indigenous Australian, John MASON, 47th Infantry Battalion Jack Mason followed his brothers Allan and Leslie into camp when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in October 1915. The son of Thomas Mason and Rosanna ‘Rosa’ Owens in Walcha, NSW, his grandmother Maria Matthews was a Kamilaroi woman. After initially training at Enoggera barracks, … Read more

Allan MASON #1962

Allan Mason, 25th Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Allan MASON, 25th Infantry Battalion Allan MASON was the first of three brothers to volunteer to serve with the first AIF, in June 1915, he would be followed by his brothers Leslie and John the same year. Born to Thomas Mason and Rosanna ‘Rosa’ Owens in Walcha, NSW, his grandmother Maria Matthews was … Read more

Leslie MASON #3412

Leslie Mason, 4th Pioneers

Indigenous Australian, Leslie MASON, 4th Pioneer Battalion Leslie MASON was just 23 years old when he volunteered to serve for his country in August 1915, one of three Mason brothers to serve during the First World War. Born to Thomas Mason and Rosanna ‘Rosa’ Owens in Walcha, NSW, his grandmother Maria Matthews was a Kamilaroi … 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