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Patrick BRADY #50271

By Marg Powel & Des Crump | 6 August 2018

1st Reinforcements to Egypt 1918

1st Reinforcements Queensland to Egypt, 1918

Indigenous Australian, Patrick BRADY, 11th Light Horse Regiment

Patrick (Paddy) BRADY was born at Maryvale Station near Charters Towers, Qld. in 1899. He had been employed as a stockman at Bluff Downs Station, and recently granted exemption from the 'Protection of Aboriginals Act', when he enlisted 14 February 1918.

Aged just 19 and 5ft 11in tall, Patrick was one of several Aboriginal servicemen who formed part of the 1st Queensland Reinforcements Egypt, the others were:

Willie Allen 50246 | Glen Combarngo 50248 | John Lewis 50276 | Harry Roberts 50278 | Herbert Roberts 50265 | Alexander Stanley 50280

After training at the Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera, Trooper Brady departed with his unit from Sydney on board HMAT Wiltshire and arrived at Port Suez 17 July 1918. They trained at Moascar Camp and was allotted to the 11th Light Horse Regiment.

Brady was admitted to hospital with fever in December 1918 but returned to serve with his regiment until the end of the war. Troops from the Light Horse Regiments were used to maintain civil order during the Egyptian uprising in March 1919.

Brady returned to Australia on board HMAT Morvada in July 1919 and later became known as a 'rough rider' or 'buck jumper' competing in carnivals with the best of the time.

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