|Place of birth||Bendigo, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||25|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs. M. Coleman, Tandara, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Bendigo, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||7th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/24/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||15th Light Trench Mortar Battery|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
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|Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Disembarked Suez, 12 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria, 29 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 8 June 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 15 September 1916; taken on strength, 60th Bn, in the field, 9 October 1916.
Admitted to No 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 15 November 1916 (indigestion), and transferred by Ambulance Train to 10th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 November 1916; transferred to Base Depot, Etaples, 17 November 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 February 1917.
Attached to 15th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery for training, 22 February 1917.
Admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 12 April 1917 (septic traumatic abrasions); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 21 April 1917; discharged to duty, 25 April 1917.
Transferred to 15th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, 20 September 1917.
On leave to England, 11 November 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 29 November 1917.
Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance (influenza), and transferred same day to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 17 January 1918; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 22 January 1918 (trench fever); to England, 29 January 1918, and admitted to Queen Mary Hospital, Whalley (trench fever, slight); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 29 January 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 February 1918.
Declared illegal absentee, 7 March 1918.
Tried by District Court Martial, Fovant, 30 April 1918, on charge of being absent without leave from midnight, 7 March 1918, till surrenderingat London, 20 April 1918; pleaded Guilty; found Guilty: awarded 122 days' detention; Court recommended mercy on grounds of service in France; 80 days of sentence remitted, 4 May 1918; total forfeiture: 95 days' pay.
Admitted to Gosport Detention Barracks, 12 May 1918.
Marched out to No 1 command Depot, 6 July 1918.
Tried by District Court Martial, Sutton Veny, 19 November 1918, on charge of being absent without leave from 2359, 22 October, till reporting at No 1 Command Depot at 0830, 9 November 1918; pleaded Guilty; found Guilty: awarded 40 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, 30 November 1918.
Found guilty, 3 January 1919, of being absent without leave, Sandhill, 0100, 1 January, to 0900, 3 January 1919: awarded forfeiture of 6 days' pay; total forfeiture: 8 days' pay.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 23 March 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 12 June 1919.
Medals: British War Medal, Victory MedalDeath attributed to war service.
|Date of death|
|Sources||NAA B2455 files 3269310 and 7528278|