Private Maitland Madge

Service number 3483, QX1836
Birth Date 1894-03-17
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Cooktown
Death Date 1944-06-07
Death Place Malaya
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Army
  • 15th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2/26th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1916-11-16
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-04-19

Maitland Madge was born on 17 March 1895. His mother, Ella, was an Aboriginal woman, and his father, Richard, was an immigrant from Devon, England, who was in control of Breeza Plains Station in outback Queensland. To avoid Maitland being removed from his mother, Richard Madge applied for and was granted Maitland’s exemption from the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897. He enrolled his son at Kelvin Grove Boys School, Queensland.
In August 1915, at the age of 21, Maitland Madge enlisted in the AIF and was posted to the 15th Battalion, 4th Brigade. In August 1916 he distinguished himself carrying messages between company and battalion headquarters at Pozières. He was wounded in action at Pozières on 11 August 1916 and spent four months recovering in hospital. Though periodically hospitalised with illness, he continued to serve his battalion until the final year of the war, when he was again wounded in action on 4 July 1918.
At war’s end, Madge returned to Australia and discharged from the army in May 1919.
Madge was working as a security guard when the Second World War broke out in 1939, whereupon he enlisted once more in the AIF, despite being more than 45 years old. Serving with the 2/26th Battalion, Madge was in Singapore when the island fell to the Japanese on 15 February 1942, and he became one of the thousands of Allied troops interned at Changi prisoner-of-war camp. Although he survived two years at the camp, records show that he died there as a result of illness on 7 June 1944. He is buried at Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore.
Private Maitland Madge is located on the Roll of Honour panel 43, Second World War.



Date of birth 17 March 1894
Date of birth 17 March 1894
Date of enlistment 04 August 1915
Date of embarkation 21 October 1915
Date of recommendation honour or award 27 August 1918
Date returned to Australia 09 February 1919
Date of death 07 June 1944
Date of death 07 June 1944