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Regimental number20924
Place of birthKillarney, Co Clare, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGatton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 9"
Weight167 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Coffey, Aghadoe, Killarney, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 December 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade, 34th Battery
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36(a)/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date27 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916; taken on strength of 7th Field Artillery Brigade, 6 January 1917; transferred to 12th Field Artillery Brigade, 1 February 1917; taken on strength of 12th Field Artillery Brigade and posted to 47th Battery, 9 February 1917; on leave to United Kingdom, 17 October 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 31 October 1917; with unit, 23 June 1918.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 24 June 1918 (influenza); transferred to 18th Casualty Clearing Station, 24 June 1918; discharged to duty, 9 July 1918.

Rejoined unit in the field, 11 July 1918.

Wounded in action, 20 August 1918; admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 21 August 1918 (shrapnel wound to wrist); to 3rd Australian Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 23 August 1918; to England, 24 August 1918; admitted to Kitchermer Military Hospital, Brighton, England, 25 August 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 30 August 1918; discharged to Littlemoon Camp, 18 September 1918.

Marched in to Australian Headquarters, London, 1 December 1918; marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Aeneas', 18 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 5 February 1919; discharged, 27 March 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 June 1943
Age at death58
Place of burialGatton Cemetery, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, COFFEY James

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