Descendants of Private William Allan Irwin, who was killed in combat during World War I, met with RSL representatives for a special commemoration service at the Coonabarabran Aboriginal Keeping Place on Wednesday, 21 October.
The story of Private Irwin, an Aboriginal soldier from Coonabarabran, has been brought to life on one of three official cards backing poppy badges on sale to the public.
The badges have been designed to honour servicemen and women, and help raise funds for the RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution.
Private Irwin was 37-years-old when he enlisted in the 33rd Battalion at Narrabri on 3 January, 1916.
On 31 August, 1918 the 33rd Battalion was attacking German positions at Road Wood when German machine gunners had the battalion pinned down and stopped the advance.
Private Irwin was mortally wounded and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for his actions.
He is the only Aboriginal identified by CEW Bean in the Australian official history of WWI, and is buried in the Daours Communal Cemetery, near Corbie, France.
Warrumbungle Shire Council mayor, Peter Shinton, Aboriginal elder, Maureen Sulter, Mervyn Allen, RSL NSW northern region vice president, Peter Stephenson, and Coonabarabran RSL Sub-branch president, Kevin Barrington, helped to officiate the unveiling of a Private William Allan Irwin badge in Coonabarabran on Wednesday, 21 October.