Jack OLIFFE #2440

Indigenous Australian, Jack OLIFFE, 11th Light Horse Regiment

Having trained at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera, Jack embarked for Egypt with a number of other Indigenous Enlistments, namely - David MOLLOY, James McBRIDE, William NICHOLLD, Jack POLLARD, Charlie PARKES, Edward SMITH, Joe WHITE AND Fred COLLINS.

Trooper Oliffe’s photograph was published in The Queenslander Pictorial in October 1917, his name was mis-spelt ‘Olive’.

The Reinforcements arrived in Egypt in January 1918 and were marched to the isolation camp at Moascar before completing their training for the 11th Light Horse Regiment.

Major Charles Munro, 11th Light Horse Regiment, recalls Aboriginal troops in the squadron he commanded in May 1918 when they, together with New Zealanders took part in a charge through Turkish lines in the Jordan Valley.

Jack Oliffe was hospitalized several times with Malaria, commonly acquired by troops working in the Jordan Valley, but was found fit enough to return to duty each time. Trooper Oliffe returned to Australia in August 1919, at the end of hostilities.

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