Eric MORGAN #Q23940
Indigenous Australian, Eric Morgan, 6th Reinforcements
Eric Morgan, was born in Innisfail in 1899 and was working as a stockman at Hillgrove Station, near Charters Towers when he enlisted 8 July 1918, just 19 years old. Due to his youth, his father John (Jack) Morgan, was required to sign his enlistment papers, giving his consent for Eric to enlist for 'Active Service Abroad'.
Morgan commenced training at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera and had been granted 10 days 'home leave' in August anticipating the unit's departure for overseas. His skills as a horseman were recognised when he was allotted to the Reinforcements bound for Egypt and to bolster the Light Horse Regiments.
With departure imminent Morgan had his photograph taken at the tent studios outside the training camp in Enoggera, which was published in The Queenslander Pictorial, early in November 1918.
Unfortunately due to the declaration of peace in November 1918, those still in Australia were discharged and Eric was released from his commitment to the AIF in December that year.
Read more ...
- SERVICE RECORD: MORGAN, Eric
- IMAGE: The Queenslander Pictorial, 2 November 1918
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- 'Many served: AIF Aborigines', Reveille, 30 November 1931, p.22
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen [oral history]
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