Clement MURRAY #47 Depot Battalion
Indigenous Australian, Clement MURRAY, 47 Depot Battalion
Clem (Alan) Murray was born in Burketown, Qld in 1881 and was working in Quairading, WA when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in January 1917.
When he signed his enlistment papers he stated that he had no ‘next of kin’ instead he named his friend Nita (Anita) Gaebler (later Aubrey) of the Imperial Hotel, York.
Formerly a police tracker at Toodjay, his skills as a horseman would have been keenly sought by the Light Horse Regiments. Clem enlisted in York, 25 January 1916 where his application was provisionally accepted, but when he underwent medical examination two days later at Black Boy Hill Training Camp, he was not considered eligible to serve for his country.
His papers stating that he had been discharged because he was ‘not of substantially European descent’.
Sadly 10 years later, Clem Murray died of meningitis in the York hospital, age 45.
- Service record: MURRAY, Clement
- 'Death at York Hospital', Eastern Districts Chronicle, 21 May 1926, p2
- 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
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