Douglas Edward LAW #63999
By Marg Powel & Des Crump | 8 December 2017
Extract from AIF service record for Duglas (Douglas) Law (National Archives of Australia)
Indigenous Australian, Duglas LAW, 2nd Light Horse Regiment
Duglas (Douglas) Edward Law was born in Kilkivan, Queensland to Edward Law (1878-1916) and Emmie Jones Dodd (1879-1937) in 1899; he was employed as a stockman when he enlisted in Bundaberg in July 1918.
Law who had expressed a desire to join the Light Horse, trained at 'Rifle Range Camp', Enoggera near Brisbane, before embarking overseas for Egypt on board HMAT Port Darwin in September 1918, with the 5th General Reinforcements.
Law was assigned to the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and joined them in the field where they were encamped near Zgarta, in Northern Lebanon and served with his unit in Jerusalem and surrounding areas until the allied troops were returned to Australia in 1919.
Douglas Law returned to his life in Gayndah and continued to work as a stockman, gaining an exemption to the "Aboriginals Protection Act, 1897" in 1929. Law had eight children by Grace Simpson, and five by Nita Agnes Couchy. In 1941 Law who was working for the Bell family at Camboon Station, volunteered to serve in the Second World War, and was assigned to No 1 Garrison Battalion until discharged at his own request in September 1944. Douglas Law died at Booubyjan Station, Gayndah in 1949, age 50.
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- Service record: LAW, Duglas Edward WW1
- Service record: LAW, Douglas Edward WW2
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen [oral history]
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