Richard and Frank Maitland

Private Richard Maitland, front row, far right, 11th Australian Machine Gun Company.

Barely 19 years old, Richard Maitland enlisted in March 1916 and was assigned to the 11th Australian Machine Gun Company. He arrived in England in November 1916 and proceeded to France shortly after. He was admitted to hospital several times early in 1917 having contracted Mumps and then Laryngitis.

Original grave site and marker for Private Reginald Maitland, Strand Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Private Francis Maitland, 41st Infantry Battalion

6th Reinforcements of the 41st Infantry Battalion

Later that year Frank Maitland was admitted to hospital suffering from Trench Fever and in May 1918, Influenza.

Private Frank Maitland returned home to Australia in May 1919. He was allotted land south of Dalby at Cecil Plains as part of the Soldier Settlement Scheme, here Frank farmed cattle at a property at Oakey known as ‘Mywybilla’ for many years.

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Marg Powell

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