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Regimental number9602
Place of birthWaverley New South Wales
AddressHilltop, Dalley Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, George Colman, 25 Dalley Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameArmy Service Corps 20, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/106/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Company, Australian Army Service Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919

Military Medal

'These men [COLMAN, 8401 J.C. GLEN, and 101 A.A. BRUNT] were noted on 25th May 1917, when intense enemy fire and an ammunition dump exploding close by, made necessary the rapid removal of the horses of the convoy of which they formed part; the example they set on this occasion was a fine one and their coolness of great value in carrying out the work. The convoy was engaged upon road repair work in the vicinity of BUSSCHEMEERSCHEN under direct observation of enemy's balloon with a party of Infantry who immediately left their work and took cover leaving the Drivers to extricate themselves. The road was too narrow to turn vehicles.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 9603 Lance Sergeant William John COLMAN, 14th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, returned to Australia, 11 May 1919.

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