JACK KEARNS - 2431 (Q20563)
Jack Kearns is from St George in Durrabandi Queensland. It is marked on his enrollment form that he is a Half-caste, which is rare to see this comment even on known Aboriginal soldier documentary.
Jack was employed at Gowrie Station Charleville as a labourer.
When Jack enlisted he was 22 years of age and 2 months old. He enlisted on the 16th July 1917 at Charleville and was appointed to the 20/11th Light Horse on 15th December 1917 at Rifle Range Camp, A.I.F. Enoggera. Jack was in the army from the 19th December 1917 to 30th August 1919. Jack served overseas and was honourably dischared on the 23rd September 1919.
Jack is a single man and has his sister Miss Annie Kearns of Dalby Queensland as his next of Kin. In his payroll Lizzie Kearns (sister) receives three shillings per day c/- Protector of Aboriginals Brisbane
Source: Queensland Protectors Report for 1909 : 15
Source: Nalingu : memories of the Mitchell Yumba. Mitchell Aboriginal Community, 1985, p. 17
Information provided by the National Australian Archives online WW1 records.
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