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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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Harry Saunders

Harry Saunders was the younger brother of Captain Reg Saunders. Harry was killed in action at Gona, PNG when he was just 21 years old.

Little is known about Harry. He and his brother Reg were working for their father Chris on a timber contract when Reg went to Portland to enlist.

Harry Thorpe

Harry Thorpe was born to William and Lillian Thorpe at the Lake Tyers Mission Station near Lakes
Entrance in Victoria. His father was a member of the Brabuwooloong tribe. He attended the local State School, helped on his father's property and then found work as a laborer. He fell in love with
and married Julia Scott in 1905 and had two sons, one of whom did not survive childhood.

Margaret Tucker

Margaret Tucker, or Aunty Marg, was one of Australia's earliest female Aboriginal activists and a leading figure of the 20th Century. Her optimism and unflagging work ethic helped fuel a movement that won rights once considered unimaginable for Aboriginal people in Victoria and around Australia.

Kath Walker

Oodgeroo Noonuccal, sometimes known as Kath Walker, served in the Australian Women's Service for four years (1940-44) during the Second World War and later participated in the Army's rehabilitation scheme by training in secretarial work and book-keeping. She went on to become one of Australia's most respected and admired poets, educators and influential political activists.

Len Waters Leonard Waters is the only known Aboriginal fighter pilot to serve in World War Two. He was an 18-year-old shearer from Nindigully, Queensland, when he joined the RAAF on August 24, 1942 as a flight mechanic, (despite the formal barriers to non-European enlistment in other services the Royal Australian Air Force was willing to take people of non-European descent).