Category Archives: WW1

ABORIGINAL SERVICE IN WW1: 151 NAMES ADDED TO THE GROWING LIST OF AIF VOLUNTEERS

During the past two years we have been concentrating our efforts on expanding the number of known men of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage who volunteered to serve in the First World War. Below are the names of 151 … Continue reading

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ALFRED ‘TINY’ RYAN : THE BOXING SOLDIER

Bogan River Tribe 1898 from the family album of Charles Jepson Morris, courtesy of grandson Bert Morris. Collection of the Local History Room, Narromine Library.        Alfred Ryan is the small boy seated on a log. Sometime after 1917 the remains … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING THE NUMBERS: THE REVEILLE LISTS AND ABORIGINAL MEN IN THE FIRST AIF

In 1931 and 1932, Reveille the journal of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, (the predecessor of the Returned and Services League and referred to as the RSL) published lists of Aboriginal men who served in the … Continue reading

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IDENTIFIED! SOLDIER WHO LOST BOTH LEGS 1917

In June 2013 I posted a photograph of a member of the AIF in a group of patients  from the Horton War Hospital, Epsom, City of London. The photograph was dated 4 April 1917. Close examination of this image shows that the … Continue reading

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ABORIGINAL OFFICERS IN THE FIRST AIF ?

In 2012 Andrea Gerrard of the University of Tasmania identified an officer of Aboriginal heritage in the first AIF. This serviceman was Alfred John Hearps who volunteered on 20 August 1914 and served with the 12th Battalion at Gallipoli and … Continue reading

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CHARLIE ALLEY LIGHT HORSEMAN: THE SERVICE TRADITION OF THE ALLEY FAMILY

Charlie Alley was born in Charters Towers, Queensland in 1901. His father also Charles came from the Malay Straits and his mother Fanny Palmer was born under a tree at  Canobie station near Blackjack. During the World War One Charlie’s … Continue reading

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FOUND: PHOTOGRAPH OF FREDERICK PRENTICE 1915

  More research and a confluence of information has made it possible to identify a photograph of an Aboriginal World War One soldier in the collection of the Australian War Memorial. This until recently was captioned ‘unknown’ but is now … Continue reading

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