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Allen Sydney Newell COLES

Regimental number1538
Place of birthSummer Hill, New South Wales
SchoolSummer Hill Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCabinetmaker
AddressMowrannie Street, Summer Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 4"
Weight111 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry William Coles, Mowrannie Street, Summer Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in School Cadets from 11 years old; 39th Infantry (15 months)
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm Depot, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Moldavia on 2 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Mounted Division
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of pneumonia.
FateDied of disease 17 October 1918
Age at death22.3
Place of burialHandra War Memorial Cemetery (Row E, Grave No. 10), Alexandria, Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
25
Family/military connectionsBrother: Pte A.H.J. COLES, returned to Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Palestine.

Taken on strength of 12th Light Horse Regiment, Heliopolis, 15 March 1916.

Marched into Tel el Kebir, 26 April 1916.

Marched into Dueirdar, 12 June 1916.

Found guilty, Serapeum, 21 August 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline: awarded 3 days' confined to camp.

Attached to No 68 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, Kantara, 20 December 1916, for trade test; rejoined unit, Ferry Post, 28 December 1916.

Attached to 4th Light Horse Bde Headquarters, El Arish, 3 April 1917.

Charged with, Tel el Fara, 14 June 1917, of while on active service, (1) being absent without leave under apprehended by Military Police at Zagazig, 10 June 1917; (2) being in possession of an improper pass; (3) neglecting to obey an general order in that he was not wearing an identity disc; found Guilty on Charge 3, and Not Guilty on Charges 1, and 2: award, cautioned and admonished.

Attached to 37th Company, Australian Divisional Train, 7 January 1918.

Taken on strength of 2nd Field Squadron, 14 February 1918, and posted to 4th Field Troop.

Evacuated to hospital, 8 October 1918; admitted to No 21 General Hospital, Alexandria, 14 October 1918 (pneumonia, dangerously ill).

Died, 17 October 1918 (pneumonia).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLES Allen Sydney Newell

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