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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

Thomas Carrisey #Q21121

Thomas Carrissey

Indigenous Australian, Thomas CARRISEY, No.1 Depot Company Thomas CARRISEY and his brother Willie were both working as stockmen on Listowel Downs Station, Blackall, when they volunteered to serve in the First World War. Thomas Carrisey enlisted in Charleville 9 June 1917 and was assigned to No.1 Depot Company. Thomas was not accepted for service based … Read more

James CAIRNCROSS #3610A

James Cairncross aka Jimmy Cotterman

Indigenous Australian, James CAIRNCROSS, 47th & 25th Infantry Battalion. Jimmy COOTERMAN was born at Myora Mission on North Stradbroke Island in 1887. He volunteered to serve in the first AIF under his ‘adoptive’ name of CAIRNCROSS in May 1917. Jimmy trained for several months at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera before embarking from Sydney on board … Read more

Arthur BUNDAI #Q23572

Arthur Bundie

Indigenous Australian, Arthur BUNDAI, Australian Remount Unit. Arthur BUNDAI aka BUNDIE was born 4 May 1898, at Taroom Aboriginal mission to Dick Bundai and Alice Dutton.  Arthur enlisted age 20 at Dalby in May 1918, and initially trained at Enoggera Barracks, just outside Brisbane. At first selected for the General Reinforcements for Egypt, he was … Read more