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Regimental number2355
Place of birthRozelle, Balmain, New South Wales
Other NamesCOYLE, John Francis
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressDerby Street, Epping, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8.75"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Hugh Coyle, Derby Street, Epping, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 4th Machine Gun Battalion
Promotion date: 6 January 1919


Unit: 4th Machine Gun Battalion
Promotion date: 6 April 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Croix de Guerre

Recommendation date: 20 December 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 23 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919

Military Medal

'In the operations against the HINDENBURG LINE, East of LE VERGUIER, on 18th September 1918, this N.C.O. displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On arrival at the objective he shoed great courage, ability, and initiative in the effective placing of his guns, and later under heavy shell fire personally reconnoitred both flanks which he effectively covered. By his untiring energy, and exhibition of coolness under heavy fire, he set a brilliant example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date8 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Suevic', 23 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 10 September 1919, for onward travel b rail to Sydney; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 8 December 1919.

Medals: Military Medal and Bar, Croix de Guerre (B), 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Mrs E. Cox, wife.
SourcesNAA: B2455, COYLE John

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