Edmond COOCHY #Depot
By Marg Powel & Des Crump | 24 July 2017
Indigenous Australian, Private Edmund COOCHY (AKA Couchy), Depot Battalion
Edmund Coochy a stockman on Mt Joseph Station, Brooweena, was born in Gayndah, Qld in 1889. His wife Agnes and two month old child were living at Gayndah when he enlisted in July 1917. Edmund Coochy was discharged two weeks later for having 'no white parentage'. Edmund Coochey and his family were later 'removed' to the Aboriginal Settlement at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg.
Edmund Coochy's brother Walter Coochy #2420 was accepted to serve with the 5th Light Horse Regiment, without being excluded due to his heritage.
+ Their surname is variously spelt - Coochy, Coochey, Couchy
Read more ...
- Service Record: COOCHY, Edmond
- 'District recruiting', Maryborough Chronicle, 13 July 1917, p5
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
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