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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

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

Patrick BRADY #50271

1st Queensland Reinforcements Egypt

Indigenous Australian, Patrick BRADY, 11th Light Horse Regiment. Patrick (Paddy) BRADY was born at Maryvale Station near Charters Towers, Qld. in 1899. He had been employed as a stockman at Bluff Downs Station, and recently granted exemption from the ‘Protection of Aboriginals Act’, when he enlisted 14 February 1918. Aged just 19 and 5ft 11in … Read more

Jack NORMAN #64373

Jack Norman

Indigenous Australian, Jack NORMAN, 6th Reinforcements Egypt & Field Engineers. John Henry Norman was born in Croydon, Qld in 1899, and worked near Bundaberg on a cane farm, prior to enlisting. Jack was employed by Martin Wessell, having been hired out from the Barambah Mission station at the age of 13. Jack volunteered to serve … Read more

Alexander STANLEY #50280

Alexander Stanley

Indigenous Australian, Alexander STANLEY, 11th Light Horse Regiment Alexander ‘Digger’ Stanley volunteered to serve with the first AIF in March 1918, and with no known relatives named his friend Jack Dillahide as his next of kin. Stanley had been working as a drover at Wongongra Station near Chincilla in the Western Downs region of Queensland. … Read more

Charlie SMITH #64382

Charlie Smith

Indigenous Australian, Charlie SMITH, 6th Queensland Reinforcements. Charlie SMITH was born at Harvest Home Station, near Charters Towers, Qld. to William and Cissie Smith in 1899 and was working as a stockman on Bluff Downs Station before he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in July 1918. Charlie Smith was one of five stockmen … Read more

Martin BLYTH #64321

Martin Blyth

Indigenous Australian, Martin BLYTH, Australian Army Service Corps. Driver Martin BLYTH was born in Kilkivan, Queensland in 1893. He was working as a stockman in the area in 1918 when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in August 1918. The enlisting officer, wrote to District Headquarters on his behalf, and another indigenous volunteer … Read more

Pompey ROBERTS #56924

Pompey Roberts

Indigenous Australian, Pompey Roberts, 11th Light Horse Regiment. When William ‘Pompey’ Roberts put his hand up to serve with the first AIF in May 1918 he had been working as a stockman at Kumbarilla, near Dalby in south west Queensland. He stated he had no known living relatives, but later reports indicate that his father … Read more

Herbert ROBERTS #50265

Herbert Roberts

Indigenous Australian, Herbert ROBERTS, 1st Reinforcements, Egypt. Herbert Roberts was born at Huntley Station, near Clermont, in 1896 to William Roberts, a Scotsman and Annie. When he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in February 1918 he named as his next of kin his sister Mary Roberts, care of Mr & Mrs Jackie, Hillview, … Read more