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Deep In The Trenches

Deep In The Trenches - Stories about forgotten war veterans both past and present.


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Alfred Lovett

Private Alfred Lovett enlisted on 29 July 1915, just before his 36th birthday. After training in the Middle East from October 1915 to March 1916, he fought with the 26th Battalion. He later transferred to the 12th Battalion.

Herbert Lovett

Herbert, the youngest of the brothers to serve in WWI, enlisted in 1917. As he was only 19 years old, his parents were required to give special permission for him to join. He fought on the Western Front as a Private in the 15th Machine Gun Company and participated in the attack that broke the Hindenburg Line in 1918, the last and strongest of the German army's defence. He was discharged in July 1919 and was awarded two medals for his service.

Miller Mack

Miller Mack was born at Point McLeay in 1894, his parents were John Mack and Margaret 'Pinkie' Mack (nee Karpany)[1]. He worked as a labourer prior to enlisting at Adelaide on 23 August 1916.

Richard Martin

Private Richard Martin was born into the traditional aboriginal community of Quirindi in NSW he then joined the Australian Imperial Force on 17 December 1914 and declared on his attestation papers that he was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, claiming that he had five years prior service in the Light Horse Regiment. Richard was in fact was born on Stradbroke Island in Queensland.

Helena Murphy

Set up in 1946 so black and white could meet and socialise, the Coolbaroo Club owed its existence to three ex-servicemen and a feisty young Aboriginal woman, Helena Murphy. Now 91, Murphy will next week receive the John Curtin Medal for her courage, humor and dogged refusal to bow down to discrimination.