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K Eustace COLLER

Regimental number6703
Place of birthGoulburn New South Wales
Other NamesKenelon Eustace
Addressc/o A T Mowbray, Carlingford, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J E Coller, Condobolin, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Field Ambulance, Section A
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
From Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish the embarkation details of individual officers and men: 6 officers and 156 others embarked on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' from Melbourne on 10 November 1915; 1 officer and 50 others embarked on HMAT A58 'Kabringa' from Melbourne on 8 November 1915; 1 officer and 16 others embarked on HMAT A2 'Geelong' from Adelaide on 12 November 1915; 1 officer and 4 others embarked on HMAT A13 'Katuna' from Adelaide on 9 November 1915; and
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Australian General Hospital
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919

Military Medal

'While he was on duty at A.C.S. near Noreuil on the morning of 15th May at 1 a.m. word was brought that some men were lying wounded in a dug-out which had been blown in. Despite an exceptional storm of H.E. and gas shells, this squad of men [COLLER, 6759 Stanley Harrison WRIGHT, 8701 Thomas reginald Eric SHEARER], at once went to the assistance of the wounded. They adjusted gas masks, dressed the wounds of the patients and carried them to the A.C.S., a distance of some 200 yards. Throughout the whole of these proceedings they were subjected to an intense barrage. Their courageous conduct undoubtedly saved the patients lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connections7572 Pte Alfred Cecil COLLER, 2nd Bn, returned to Australia, 17 March 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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