Andrew LAURIE #Q21325
Indigenous Australian, Andrew LAURIE, Depot Battalion.
The Officer in Charge of reinforcements for the Light Horse Regiment, at Enoggera, wrote to the Enlisting Officer at Adelaide Street. He recommended Laurie to him, even though he had been rejected a month prior at Rockhampton, having been brought up among horses. He also mentioned that his brother George Laurie had successfully enlisted
But Andrew Laurie was never given the opportunity to serve, his application was again rejected, this time under the section 'Disease of Disability' it stated 'Not Sufficient European Parentage'.
Likened to something contagious, the notes go on to state the 'essential facts' that his father was Cinghalese and his mother, half caste Aboriginal.
Recruit Andrew Laurie was discharged three days later, 'having been irregularly enlisted'.
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- SERVICE RECORD: LAURIE, Andrew
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History