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David Emmett COYNE

Regimental number3347
Date of birth14 March 1896
Place of birthMarian, via Mackay, Queensland
SchoolState School, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, David Coyne, Marian, Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date25 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Victoria Cross (altered to Albert Medal in Gold)

Recommendation date: 22 July 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He volunteered to go out to bomb a Machine Gun Section which was giving his Platoon a great deal of trouble. He was guarding an important point." Details from David Coyne, Father.
FateDied of wounds 15 May 1918
Age at death22
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No. 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Annie COYNE, Marian, Mackay, Queensland

Albert Medal in Gold

'On the night of the 15th May, 1918, in order to test some Mills grenades, Sergeant Coyne threw one of them, but it failed to clear the parapet and fell into the trench in which there were a number of other men. Sergeant Coyne shouted to them to run for their lives, and endeavoured to find the bomb, in order to throw it away, but owing to the darkness he was unable to lay his hand on it in time, and, the men not being clear of the trench, he deliberately threw himself onto the top of it and let it explode under him, receiving fatal injuries, but saving the lives of his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 12 March 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: 4104 Pte Patrick Edward COYNE, 26th Bn, killed in action, 15 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Albert Medal in Gold, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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