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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Bert William LONG

Born 27 January 1901 [322] in Coorow, Western Australia [30: item 8206309]
Son of "Harry" Henry Joseph LONG and Sarah Mabel BELL [P17]
His mother was Aboriginal and his father the son of Coorow pioneers William LONG and Sarah GREEN of Coorow Station [P17]
He and his sister were baptised by the Church of England rector based in Dongara in about 1901 [332]
By 1904 his parents had parted company [322] and in 1906 his mother married Henry DODD [66] of Arrino [19]
He came 2nd in the Boys Under 14 Race at the sports gathering held in Arrino on New Year's Day in 1913 [9: 17-Jan-1913]
Farmhand in Carnamah in 1917 [18] [30: item 8206309]
He may have been working in Carnamah for Donald MACPHERSON, who his father worked for from 1909 to 1929 [5: 29-Jun-1934] [6] [19]
Recruited to join the Australian Imperial Force during the evening of the Carnamah Races on Monday 9 April 1917 [9: 20-Apr-1917]
Officially enlisted, falsely stating his age to be 18, in the Australian Imperial Force in Geraldton on 17 April 1917 [30: item 8206309]
Being under 21 years of age his father gave his consent, while his mother was noted as "Mother absent, whereabouts unknown" [30]
Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 8½ inches tall, weighed 132 pounds and had grey eyes and brown hair [30]
After training at the Claremont Military Camp he was on 25 June 1917 appointed to the 29th Reinforcements of 10th Light Horse [30]
Embarked on the Port Lincoln from Fremantle on 30 June 1917 and disembarked at Suez, Egypt on 6 August 1917 [30]
Trooper 3245 in the Australian Imperial Force's 10th Light Horse Regiment during the First World War [30]
During the war served in Egypt where he was hospitalised several times for illness, pain, fever and a heart block [30]
Embarked on his return to Australia on the Oxfordshire and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 4 August 1919 [30]
Euchre winner at the Euchre Party & Dance held at Mrs Jane WOODS home in Carnamah on Tuesday 19 August 1919 [10: 29-Aug-1919]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 3 September 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Later died in an accident in Marble Bar [P17]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Bert William Long' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 21 September 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/bert-william-long [sources]




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