Sudan Campaign 1885

Sudan Campaign 1885

Frederick Barker Leigh (1861-?; in College 1879-81). He had left College and University half-way through his third year of Arts and was employed as manager of Pacific Islander labour on a plantation in Queensland when he enlisted in the Colonial Military Forces, 23 February 1885, as a private soldier. He was 23 or 24. With the rest of the contingent he embarked at Sydney for the Sudan on 3 March by SS Iberia, returning on 19 June 1885 by SS Arab. It is not clear what happened to him after that.

Alfred Osborn Trebeck (1864-1932; in College 1882). He had left College and University after only one year as an Arts student. At twenty years old he enlisted in the Colonial Military Forces as an Ambulance Corps orderly and embarked on SS Iberia, 3 March 1885. With the campaign over, he was dropped off at a hospital in Colombo during June, to look after invalided men, finally reaching Sydney on 9 July 1885. He was then briefly (to May 1887) First Petty Officer in the Rockhampton Naval Volunteer Corps. In 1893 he donated a common freshwater crayfish to the Australian Museum. Well connected in Sydney, he found emploment with CSR, in charge of their hospital in Fiji, and published a paper, “Note on the Prevalence of Framboesia among the Fijians” in the Medical News, 1898. He then went to Alaska, looked for gold at the Klondyke and “had many exciting expeiences”. He fought in World War One with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, returning afterwards to the CSR in Fiji. He died in Sydney.

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