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Regimental number73
Place of birthForcesburg, South Africa
SchoolAnnandale State School, Victoria
Other trainingStott's Business College
ReligionChurch of England
Address10 Clarendon Street, Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 11.75"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Priscilla Richardson, 10 Clarendon Street, Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 7th Field Company Engineers, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date15 February 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameBrigade 6, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/6/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4515
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Family/military connectionsCousins: 1019 Sergeant Victor Ronald COOMBE, 15th Bn, died of wounds, 29 September 1915; 1016 Sergeant Bernard Raymond COOMBE, 4th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 23 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 September 1915.

Found guilty, Mudros, of being absent without leave from 9 am to 11 am, 9 September 1915: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay (10/-).

Admitted to 1`st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac, 20 October 1915 (haemorroids); transferred to Malta, 27 October 1915 (diarrhoea), and admiited same day to St John's Hospital; discharged to Ghain Tuffieha Convalescent Camp, 7 December 1915; disembarked Alexandria from Malta, 21 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to No 1 Auxiliary hospital, Heliopolis, 26 January 1916 (dysentery); discharged to duty, 2 February 1916.

Transferred to 22nd Bn, 28 March 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 19 April 1916; taken on strength, 59th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 22 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing in Action, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RICHARDSON John Leslie

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