Corporal: 69 Harold William Francis FRAZER. 34th Battalion AIF. (Muruwari) Labourer, Walgett, N.S.W.
Temporary Corporal: 2101 William James Albert JONAS. M.I.D 34th Battalion AIF. Horse Breaker, Booral, N.S.W. (Gringai)
Private: 3019A William BEALE. 34th Battalion AIF. Werris Creek, N.S.W.
Private: 4509 Andy BOND. 33rd Battalion AIF. Labourer, Braidwood, N.S.W. (Walbanga)
Private: 3112 John BRENELL. 55th-34th Battalion AIF. Killed in Action. Bairnsdale, Victoria.
Private: 16 Frederick John BRIGGS. M.M. from Manilla in the New England region of NSW, enlisted on 3 December 1915. Following basic training, Briggs was assigned to the 33rd Battalion, A Company
Private: 723 Samuel John CAPES. 33rd Battalion AIF. Labourer, Kentuckey via Uralla, N.S.W. (Anaiwan)
Private: 4762 Henry COOLEY. 36th Battalion AIF. Ulladulla, N.S.W.
Private: 1501 Sidney CUNNINGHAM. 34th Battalion AIF. Driver, Kogarah, N.S.W.
Private: 7242 Joseph GOTCH. 33rd Battalion AIF. Cootamundra, N.S.W.
Private: Douglas GRANT. 34th/13th Battalion AIF.
Private: 2333 Edward HEATH. 33rd Battalion AIF Labourer, Gurley Siding via Merriwa, N.S.W. Killed in Action.
Private: 3055 Thomas FULLER. 33rd Battalion AIF. Barradine, N.S.W.
Private: 792 William Allan IRWIN. D.C.M. 33rd Battalion AIF. Shearer, Moree, N.S.W. "Walhollow" Aboriginal Station Quirindi, N.S.W. (Kamilaroi)
Private: 3074 Allen James JENKINS. 35th Battalion AIF. Singleton, N.S.W.
Private: 3333 Archibald JOHNSON. 35th Battalion AIF. (Buripi) (Prisioner of War) Bulladella, N.S.W.
Private/Driver: 804 Charles Roy KING. 33rd Battalion - 2nd Battalion AIF. Labourer, Baradine, N.S.W. Burra Bee Dee Mission (Gamilaraay)
Private: 2109 Augustus LESTER/LEYCESTER. 34th Battalion AIF. Killed in Action. Singleton, N.S.W. (Wonnaruah)
Private: 1628 John Duncan MATHERSON. 33rd Battalion AIF.
Private: 259 Cecil Samuel MAURER. 33rd Battalion AIF. (Kamilaroi)
Private: 2608 Leslie McGUINNESS. 33rd Battalion AIF. Dental Mechanic. Kempsey, N.S.W. (Dunghutti)
Private: 3101 James Henry MORRIS. 33rd Battalion AIF.
Private: 2179 Denis "Denny" SHERRY. (D Company) 36th Battalion AIF. Labourer, Gladstone, Macley River via Kempsey. N.S.W. (Dunghutti) Sentenced to Death for Desertion
Private: 941 William RHODES. 33rd Battalion AIF. Died of Wounds. (Accidental) Grafton, N.S.W.
Private: 2165 George SYRON. 34th Battalion AIF. Died of Wounds. Foster, N.S.W.
Private: 6400 Thomas James WALKER. 35th Battalion AIF. Killed in Action. Sydney, N.S.W.
Private: 3399 Ernest WILLIAMS. 33rd Battalion AIF. Labourer, Gulargambone, N.S.W. "Walhollow" Aboriginal Station Quirindi, N.S.W. (Wailwan)
Private: 1271 Thomas WILLIAMS. 33rd Battalion AIF. Labourer, Coonabarabran, N.S.W. (Kamilaroi)
Private: 2923 Andrew WILKIE. 34th Battalion AIF. Dubbo, N.S.W.
He came and joined the colours, when the War God's anvil rang, He took up modern weapons to replace his boomerang, He waited for no call-up, he didn't need a push, He came in from the stations, and the townships of the bush.
He helped when help was wanting, just because he wasn't deaf; He is right amongst the columns of the fighting A.I.F. He is always there when wanted, with his Owen gun or Bren, He is in the forward area, the place where men are men.
He proved he's still a warrior, in action not afraid, He faced the blasting red hot fire from mortar and grenade; He didn't mind when food was low, or we were getting thin, He didn't growl or worry then, he'd cheer us with his grin.
He'd heard us talk democracy--, They preach it to his face-- Yet knows that in our Federal House there's no one of his race. He feels we push his kinsmen out, where cities do not reach, And Parliament has yet to hear the Abo's maiden speech. One day he'll leave the Army, then join the League he shall, And he hope's we'll give a better deal to the Aboriginal.
(By Sapper Bert Beros, a non-Aboriginal soldier in World War Two. Written about an Aboriginal soldier, Private West).
It could be assumed that most of the Aboriginal people wanted to be involved in the war for the same kinds of reasons that the British-Australians did. They were swept up in the excitement of war and the belief that it would be their chance to see the world and to get paid for it. Although many disliked the British because of their violent history, many Aboriginal people felt strongly patriotic and loyal to Australia believing that it was their nation also. During the war, amongst those who were serving Australia and the Empire, the division of colour which sharply divided the British-Australians and the Aboriginal people in their civilian lives became non-existent. No longer were negative stereotypes attributed to the Indigenous Australians, the Young Australian men simply saw them as being no different from themselves and treated them accordingly. The lived, fought and died beside each other, never once thinking one was superior to another. It is obvious that there were many negatives surrounding the relationship between the Aboriginal people and the British around World War I. Aboriginal involvement in the war is important, not only to modern Aboriginal history but also to Australian history. It is important to know that Aboriginal people were there on the battlefield willing to sacrifice themselves for their nation at the time when Australia's national character was said to have been established.
David John Harrower JP email@example.com
(Budgeree Corroberee Vol II. 26th January 1917. Harrower Collection; 2017)
Under Construction; 21/10/2010-17/02/2017.