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Chinese war hero Australia's top Gallipoli sniper

A memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park of giant bullets honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who fought and died in World War IBilly Sing earned the nicknames “The Murderer” and “The Assassin” as a deadly sniper who shot more than 200 Ottoman troops during the Gallipoli campaign of World War I. He was also part-Chinese and among thousands from non-European backgrounds, some of whom hid their identity, who joined the Australian Imperial Force to fight for their country despite being legally barred from signing up. “He was a real Australian, an Australian at heart even though he had Chinese heritage,” his great-nephew Don Smith, 62, told AFP from the small Queensland town of Clermont where Sing was born in 1886, 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) north of Sydney. Under Australia’s 1909 Defence Act, “those who are not substantially of European origin or descent” were blocked from active service.

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