Matthew Tubman was born in 1898 to William and Ruth Tubman. They lived at “Alma” Gray St, Keiraville. Matthew’s records on the Australian War Memorial Honour Roll state that he attended Wollongong High school and worked as a clerk. He trained in music and typewriting and was the secretary of the Methodist Christian Endeavour Society and well as the Australian Secretary of the Glen Lodge of Druids, Wollongong.  Contrary to the AWM Honour Roll, the AWM Embarkation Roll as well as descending family who have shared information with Wollongong City Libraries, state that he was a miner by profession.
Subsequent to his enlistment, he joined the 36th Battalion Infantry and embarked on HMAT Ajana A31.
He was in killed in action on January 22, 1917 at the age of 19. His grave is located at the Western Front, Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery.
 AWM, Roll of Honour Particulars – Matthew Tubman, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1068842–79-.PDF> viewed 8 January 2014.
 AWM, Embarkation Rolls – Matthew Tubman, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://static.awm.gov.au/collection/images/large/RCDIG1067567/RCDIG1067567–252-.JPG> viewed 8 January 2014.