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`Most feared World War I assassin` Billy Sing killed 300 men

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 13:16

Melbourne: Billy Sing, the most feared assassin of World War I, is said to have killed 300 men in combating history.

"The Gallipoli Sniper`s" story is one of the most extraordinary of the Great War.

After dying as a pauper in a West End flop house he lay in an unmarked grave for half a century until a report in The Courier-Mail finally gave recognition for his courage under fire.

The ruthless gunman always claimed that he never lost a minute`s sleep over the men he shot but he died a broken shell, haunted by the 300 families he had left anguished during the greatest conflict the world had seen.

The fact Sing lay forgotten for so long, makes Ray "Dasher" Deed remember three of his mates who are still listed as Missing In Action from the Korean War where Dasher saw service in 1950-51.

Dasher is busy organising plaques to honour all 43 of the Australian soldiers who most likely remain in unmarked graves in North Korea.

Two of the plaques will be unveiled on Anzac Day at the Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL and at the Centenary RSL at Mt Ommaney.

"Eventually I want plaques at every RSL from Cooktown to the border to remember those brave Aussie servicemen in Korea who have never been found," Dasher said.

Sing`s mother was English and his father a Chinese farmer from Shanghai. He was born at Clermont, north-west of Rockhampton in 1886 and became a deadly marksman as a boy, shooting the curly tails off pigs.

He worked as a stockman, cane-cutter and never-miss kangaroo shooter.

He was the Proserpine Rifle Club champion and enlisted there in October 1914 just after WWI began.


First Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 13:14
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