Aboriginals at the Western Front
Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders who served on the Western Front and
elsewhere (but not at Gallipoli) during World War 1 (Soldiers who served at Gallipoli as well are
shown on our Aboriginals at Gallipoli
and Gallipoli lists
Scroll down. Indigenous Australian and draughtsman Douglas Grant
was wounded in France during World War 1, then captured by the
Germans and sent to a different prisoner-of-war camp than his
fellow soldiers because of his colour.
Aboriginal Soldier: Story of
Douglas Grant [pdf] (anzacwebsites.com)
Reproduction of a news story from the Sydney Morning Herald
dated 2 Sep 1916. Douglas Grant was at first refused permission
to leave Australia to fight overseas on the grounds he was
The Lock Family of NSW (indigenoushistories.com)
Nine members of the Lock (also spelt Locke) family
of NSW (from the Darug people of the Sydney area) volunteered for and fought in World War 1,
including Jerome Locke and his sons Olga and Leslie John (Jack).
WW1 veteran Frederick Prentice(abc.net.au)
Frederick Prentice was born in the Northern
Territory but enlisted in South Australia in 1915. After the war
he returned with a Military Medal to South Australia and in the
1950s moved back to the Northern Territory.
William Joseph Punch (awm.gov.au)
Originally from Queensland but enlisted from
Goulburn, NSW. Private Punch was wounded twice in action and was
evacuated to England where he died.
Private William Joseph Punch:
Provides the brief story of Aboriginal station hand William Joseph Punch
who enlisted on 31 December 1915 to fight in World War 1 and
died on 29 August 1917.
- This information is followed by activities for research and
William Williams (dva.gov.au)
William was also known as 'Cobar Bill'. Cobar walked
almost 300 kilometres to enlist in 1916. He received a gunshot
wound at the Western Front and was made a prisioner-of-war by
the Germans. It is believed only three Aboriginals althogether
became POWs during World War 1.Cobar died in Australia at
the age of 70.
Black Magic(From diggerhistory.info,
archived by the NLA's Pandora Archive on 6 Mar 2010)
Examples of Aboriginals who participated in Australian wars.
Aboriginal Diggers(From diggerhistory.info,
archived by the NLA's Pandora Archive on 6 Mar 2010) World War 1 soldiers include Corporal Harry Thorpe, Private S.
Cunningham, Private William Joseph Punch, Private Reginald Francis Hawkins.
of illegal heroes (pippaettore.com) Originally published in The Mercury (Tasmania), 9
Nov 2012 [The original web page
no longer available.]
Tasmanian Indigenous troops in World War 1. This newspaper story provides
information about Lt Alfred John Hearps from Forth and Private Marcus Blake
Norman Brown from Cape Barren Island, and includes a long list of soldiers.
The image at right is of Private Thomas Edward Mansell.
More Tasmanian Aboriginal Soldiers WW1(indigenoushistories.com
Lest We Forget: Remembering the Aboriginal Heroes of World War 1
[pdf] (reconciliation.org.au) Reconciliation News, Issue
No. 32, April 2015
In a section titled Lest We Forget, this
downloadable magazine provides information about: - Private George
Robert Aitken (p. 9) - Private William Allen Irwin (p. 9) -
The Locke family (p. 10): - Private Jerome Locke
- Private Olga Locke and Private Leslie Locke - Private
Richard Martin (p. 10) - 2nd Lieutenant Alfred John Hearps (p.
11) - Private William Joseph Punch (p. 11)
John Huggins (grandfather of
Jackie Huggins): Remembrance Day
Commemorative Address by Dr Jackie Huggins (awm.gov.au)
Dr Jackie Huggins describes the parts played by her
Indigenous grandfather (John Huggins) and father (also called John Huggins)
in the First and Second World Wars respectively.