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Arthur Philip COBURN

Regimental number34
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressBoulder City, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Coburn, Lisson Grove, Hawthorn, Victoria
Enlistment date2 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia,
30 Officers and 982 Other Ranks embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' on 29 June 1915; 12 others embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A36 'Thirty-Six' on 12 July 1916. From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish the latter 12.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: 8 September 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 9 July 1918

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 11 July 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He led his party with great dash to the enemy trench, and jumped in on a machine gun, which he captured. He then cleared 1,000 yards of trench in 24 minutes. he personally killed two of the enemy, and his gallant leadership was almost entirely responsible for the capture of 1,000 yards of trench, with only three casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

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