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Charles ALLEY #50270

Charles ALLEY

Indigenous Australian, Private Charles (Charlie) ALLEY, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Charlie Alley (aka ALLIE) was born in Charters Towers, 1901 to Charles Alley, a Malay and Fanny Palmer an Aboriginal woman from Canobie Station, via Cloncurry. Keen to participate, Charles Alley was only 16 when he enlisted in Brisbane, 20 December 1917 and he joined … Read more

Jeffrey Law #7049A

John Coleman (aka Jeffrey Law)

Indigenous Australian, Private John Coleman (Jeffrey Law), 49th Infantry Battalion. John Coleman (aka Jeffrey Law) was born in Gayndah, Qld in 1891 to Dave Law¬†(known as Coleman) and Kate. He was working as a Jockey when he enlisted in Brisbane in November 1917. Initially assigned to the 26th Battalion reinforcements, Private Coleman embarked from Sydney … Read more

Frank EGGLESTON #3211

Frank Eggleston

Trooper Frank “Pompey” EGGLESTON, Imperial Camel Corps & 10th Light Horse Regiment. Frank “Pompey” Eggleston was born in Ipswich, Qld in 1886 to Francis Harker and Sarah Ellen Eggleston (nee Dixon). He was employed by the Western Australian Railways before he volunteered to serve with the First AIF in March 1917. In April 1915 Frank … Read more

Benjimin BRIDGEWATER #4737

Benjimin Bridgewater

Indigenous Australian, Private Benjimine BRIDGEWATER, 9th Infantry Battalion. Private Benjimine Bridgewater, enlisted in Townsville in September 1915. Born in Cloncurry in 1885, he was employed as a miner, at Mount Leyshon near Charters Towers and was a well known amateur boxer. Bridgewater embarked for overseas in March 1916 and was admitted to hospital on arrival … Read more

William CARTER #3124

William Carter

Indigenous Australian, William CARTER, #3124 47th & 48th Infantry Battalions. William Carter was born at Wagga, NSW in 1872 to William and Bessie Carter and was employed as a labourer near Stone River, North Queensland when he enlisted at Charters Towers, in October 1916. Aged 44 he named his brother Thomas Carter of Mt Surprise … Read more

Edward CAPEEN #4039

Edward Capeen (Kapeen)

Indigenous Australian, Private Edward CAPEEN (Kapeen), 31st Infantry Battalion. Edward Capeen was born at Broadwater, NSW to Jack and Charlotte Kapeen in 1895 and was working as a labourer when he enlisted at Lismore 4 July 1916. Edward Capeen trained in Brisbane before embarking for overseas on board HMAT Boona in October 1916. He joined … Read more

Samuel BROWNING #7782

Samuel Browning

Indigenous Australian, Private Samuel BROWNING, 15th Infantry Battalion. Samuel Browning was born in Cudgeon, NSW in 1889 to George Browning and Mary William and was employed as a labourer when he enlisted in Lismore 28 August 1917. Like many recruits who enlisted at Lismore, Samuel Browning trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera, Qld. Assigned to … Read more

Walter ANDREWS #6610

Walter Ernest ANDREWS

Indigenous Australian, Private Walter ANDREWS, 15th Infantry Battalion. Walter Ernest Andrews was born at Bawley Point, NSW in 1888 and was residing in Lismore when he enlisted 20 May 1916. Similar to many enlistments from Lismore, Walter trained at Enoggera Camp, Brisbane prior to embarking on HMAT Boonah for service overseas. Andrewes¬†was hospitalised with influenza … Read more

Arthur George ANDREWS #2554

Arthur George Andrews

Indigenous Australian, Lance Corporal Arthur George ANDREWS, 15th Infantry Battalion. Arthur Andrews was born in 1880 to James Andrews and Rachel Claydon an Aboriginal woman, near Milton, NSW. Assigned to 8th Reinforcements for the 15th Infantry Battalion, Andrews trained at Green Hills and Frasers Camp, Enoggera, Qld. before embarking for overseas. While in camp in … Read more