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James COGHLAN

Regimental number143
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectrical engineer
AddressBarton Terrace, North Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs Coghlan, Barton Terrace, North Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name3rd Field Company Engineers, Headquarters, Section 1, Section 2 and Section 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 22 September 1914
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: 1 May 1916

Silver Medal for Military Valour (Italian Honour)


Recommendation date: 4 February 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 27 September 1917

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of transport carrying material for road construction forward. The material was urgently required, and he got it forward in spite of heavy enemy shelling, going about under intense fire encouraging his men. On several occasions when the road was blocked he led parties to clear it, thus saving many casualties, and enabling the work to go on. His gallantry and organizing ability were responsible for the road being completed.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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