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Benjamin Wellington

Gunner Benjamin Wellington, of Jaadwa/ Jardwajali heritage, served with the Light Horse militia in Gippsland for eight years. He rose to Corporal prior to enlisting for the First World War in 1914 and is one of very few First Peoples known to have served with the pre-war militia. He was discharged for unknown ‘family reasons’ after only a few months. He and his wife Nora had five children by 1915, so perhaps the cause lies there.

He re-enlisted in October 1917 and was initially posted to the 4th Light Horse Regiment. On his arrival in France in April 1918, he was transferred to the 12th Field Artillery Brigade as a gunner. In September 1918, he was wounded in action and took no further part in the war. 

Gunner Benjamin Wellington 1918
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