Sergeant Peter Mulvie

15th Battalion A.I.F

Killed in Action: 1 February 1917


Roma Street Police Station

Constable Peter Mulvie was a saddler by occupation before immigrating from Ireland to Australia at the age of 24 where he joined the Queensland Police in 1912. He completed his service at Roma Street Station before he and three other police officers, Bourke, Hughes and Johnson all joined the 15th Battalion on the 13 of January 1914. All four officers were killed during the war. Mulvie landed at ANZAC cove with his Battalion on the 25 April.  The 15th took responsibility for defending Quinn’s post and saw continuous and heavy fighting for the duration of Gallipoli. Mulvie saw several major engagements and survived the savage fighting including the attack on Hill 971 on the 7 of August. He was wounded on the second day of fighting, receiving wounds to the thigh and right hip. He was evacuated to Egypt where he recovered in time to re-join his Battalion for the withdrawal from Gallipoli to France. In France, Mulvie was promoted to Sergeant, and survived the fighting at Pozieres.  Sergeant Mulvie was wounded for the second time to the left knee and was evacuated to England returning just before Christmas of 1916. On January 24, his battalion relieved the snow covered trenches at Gueudecourt.  On the 1 of February, just before his 30th birthday, a light barrage of troops moved forward – Mulvie was caught in the wire and he threw bombs at the Germans until wounded again and again, he fell dead. His actions allowed the remainder of his platoon to return safely to their line. His body could not be recovered.  

Lance Corporal Archibald J. Curvey

20th Battalion A.I.F

Killed in Action: 3 May 1917

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Hughenden Police Station

Constable Archibald Curvey joined the Queensland Police on the 1 of July 1910. Private Curvey embarked as part of the 20th Battalion departing from Sydney aboard the HMAT Ceramic A40 on the 13 of April 1916 for England. The 20th Battalion arrived in Belgium on the 2 of October 1916 and quickly moved south to the Somme. Here they provided reinforcements for the attack from Flers towards Bapaume.

During April of 1917 the 20th Battalion relieved in and out of the line at outpost positions in front of Lagnicourt and Noreuil. Lance Corporal Archibald Curvey was killed in action by a shell, at the age of 30, during the Battle of Bullecourt on the 3 of May 1917. The two brigades of the 4th Division that carried out the attack suffered over 3,300 casualties; 1,170 Australians were taken prisoner - the largest number captured in a single engagement during the war.

Private Henry M. McLean

1st Battalion, Irish Guards

Killed in Action: 10 September 1917


Roma Street Police Station

Constable Michael McLean was a Police constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary for five years before he resigned to travel to Australia. Here he joined the Queensland Police in September of 1913. McLean had been an Imperial Reservist in Ireland and at the outbreak of the War was requested to report for duty. He reported for duty at Fort Lytton to arrange his return to England and received a leave of absence from the Queensland Police.

McLean was a member of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards serving under the name of Henry Michael McLean. McLean and the Irish Guards were one of the first units to go into action in France and were at the retreat of from The Battle of Mons in 1914. McLean is reported to have been killed at the age of 31 on the 10  of September 1917, during a morning barrage in the 3rd Battle of Ypers in Belgium.

Private John Graham

9th Battalion A.I.F

Died of Wounds: 22 September 1917

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Edmonton Police Station

John Graham was sworn in as a Constable in the Queensland Police on the 2 of September 1913. Alongside his friend Private Moynihan, Private Graham gained a leave of absence and embarked aboard the HMAT Themistocles A32 on the 22 of December 1914 as part of the 9th Infantry Battalion.  He served with the rest of his battalion in Egypt before being ordered to Gallipoli. The 9th Battalion as part of the 3rd Brigade was part of the covering force that was first to land at Gallipoli on the 25 of April 1915. His friend Moynihan was killed and Graham was seriously wounded receiving gunshot wounds to the right thigh. Graham was evacuated to Egypt and was about to return to his battalion when the Gallipoli campaign was abandoned and troops withdrawn. Graham and his battalion next saw action on the western front.  Private Graham distinguished himself during the Battle of Pozieres and Mouquent Farm in July – August 1916. Graham received the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion in action as a stretcher bearer. He worked continuously for four days with less than six hours rest carrying the wounded across the open in spite of heavy Artillery fire.” Graham then spent six months recovering from an undisclosed disease before returning in June 1917 to his battalion who were training for the 3rd Battle of Ypres, Belgium. Private Graham was wounded in the back by shrapnel during a bombardment in the area of Glencorse Wood; he was evacuated to the Casualty Clearing Station at Poperinge where he died of his wounds on the 22 of September 1917, aged 25.

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Corporal Oswald H. Goodrich

12th Light Trench Mortar Battery A.I.F

Killed in Action: 12 October 1917

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Roma Street Police Station

Constable Oswald Goodrich joined the Queensland Police at the age of 21, on the 14 of May 1915. He was the youngest of four brothers who joined the A.I.F on the 13 of August, with himself and another brother both being killed during the war. Private Goodrich embarked on the 5 of October 1915 aboard the HMAT Warilda A69 as part of the 15th Infantry Battalion bound for Egypt. He succumbed to illness before disembarkation and was diagnosed with pleurisy caused by Influenza.

He was transferred to the 12th Light Horse Trench Mortar Battery in July of 1916 and was promoted to Corporal soon after. Corporal Goodrich succumbed to illness again in early August of 1916, this time from bronchitis. He returned to his unit a month later at which time they were in support at the Battle of Pozieres. Corporal Goodrich, age 23, was killed by a shell splinter in the attack on Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium on the 12 of October 1917.

2nd Lieutenant Patrick Devine

9th Battalion A.I.F

Killed in Action: 3 November 1917

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Roma Street Police Station​

Constable Patrick Devine became a constable in the Queensland Police on the 11 of February 1914. He had been a constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary for five years prior to this and although he stated on his documentation that he was single, he had a wife in Ireland. Private Devine embarked from Brisbane on the 24 of September 1914 aboard the HMAT Omrah A5 as part of the 25th Infantry Battalion. Whilst training at Fraser’s Paddock, Enoggera Devine applied for a commission. Devine was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in October 1915 and his group of reinforcements arrived in Egypt in late November. 2nd Lieutenant Devine was appointment to the 9th Infantry Battalion which saw action on the Western Front after landing at Marseilles on the 3 of March 1916. During the Battle of Pozieres and Mouquet Farm, in 1916,  Devine was injured by a shell on the second day of action and was unconscious for an hour. It is reported he tried to carry on but collapsed the following day. He was evacuated to England with shell shock. He returned to his Battalion in August 1917 as they were preparing for the 3rd Battle of Ypers. Lt Devine was killed on the 3rd of November 1917, during an attack on Passchendaele Ridge in Belgium; he was shot in the head and was buried where he fell. He was 31 years old.