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Frank COFFILL

Regimental number528
Place of birthHaymarket, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShearer
Address'Curraweena', Abbotsford Road, Homebush via Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinJ Coffill, Ultimo Road, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 November 1914
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 3 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Annie May COFFILL
Discharge date26 February 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 14 November 1915; Corporal, 10 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 25 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Wounded slightly, and remained with Regiment, Dueidar, 5 August 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, Hodamara, 14 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 April 1918 (gun shot wound, arm); admitted to 14th Australian General hospital, Port Said, 25 April 1918; transferred to Rest Camp, Port Said, 19 June 1918.

Marched in to 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Moascar, 3 July 1918; rejoined 5th Light Horse Regiment, in the field, 28 July 1918.

Appointed Temporary Squadron Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class II), 4 August 1918; reverted to Sergeant, 4 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Port Darwin', 15 November 1918.

Admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 19 November 1918 (influenza); discharged from ship's hospital, 21 November 1918.

Admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 4 December 1918 (epileptic fits); discharged from ship's hospital, 5 December 1918.

Disembarked Sydney, 26 December 1918, for onward travel to Brisbane; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 26 February 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death25 May 1934
Age at death49
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, COFFILL Frank

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