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Regimental number624
Place of birthOakleigh, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBay Street, Sandringham, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.75"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Coghlan, Bay Street, Sandringham, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 5 July 1915; taken on strength 31st Bn 19 October 1915.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4162 Pte Thomas COGHLAN, 8th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 February 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Reported missing, 21 July 1916.

Previous report of missing now, 28 July 1916, killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 760804, 961 Pte J. THOMPSDON, 60th Bn, 19 December 1917: 'We were advancing at Flerbiax (sic) and Casualty was in front of me when a shell exploded just near him and when the smoke cleared I looked for him but there was not any sign of him.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COGHLAN John
Red Cross file 760804

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