Clement MURRAY #47 Depot Battalion

Indigenous Australian, Clement MURRAY, 47 Depot Battalion.

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.

Marg Powell & Des Crump

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