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Harry Rex George COLEY

Regimental number923
Place of birthBirmingham, England
SchoolWycliffe College, England
Age on arrival in Australia16
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Truro', Raglan Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.75"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, Harry Coley, 'Truro', Raglan Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 31 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBeersheba, Palestine
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row D, Grave No. 56), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harry and Frances COLEY, Young, New South Wales.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 289 Pte Carl Leslie Joseph COLEY, 12th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 23 September 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Transferred to 1st Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 13 November 1915; after evacuating Gallipoli he disembarked at Alexandria, 11 January 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 18 January 1916 (janudice); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 18 January 1916; discharged to duty, 8 February 1916.

Absorbed into 12th Light Horse Regiment, Heliopolis, 22 February 1916.

Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 8 March 1916 (mumps); discharged, 17 March 1916; rejoined unit, 17 March 1916.

Detached to Kasr'l'Nil Barracks, 26 April 1916; rejoined unit, 7 May 1916.

To Imperial School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 5 May 1917; passed Hotchkiss Gun Course as Gunner; rejoined unit, 17 May 1917.

To be Lance Corporal, Fukhari, 20 May 1917.

To Rest Camp, Port Said, 24 September 1917; rejoined unit, 4 October 1917.

Killed in action, Beersheba, 31 October 1917 (gun shot wounds); buried, 1 November 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLEY Harry Rex George

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