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John Stephen COOLAHAN

Place of birthTamworth, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSalesman
Address'Latonaville', St. George's Crescent, Drummoyne, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinMother, Mrs M. Coolahan, 'Latonaville,' St. George's Crescent, Drummoyne, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name4th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work at Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 13 December 1915; 2Lt 25 July 1916 - 4th Bn 22nd Reinforcements; taken on strength 5th MG Coy 5 May 1917; Lt 26 June 1917; wounded at Passchendaele 8 October 1917; died of wounds while prisoner of war. MC.
FateDied whilst a Prisoner of War 3 May 1918
Place of death or woundingSomme, France
Age at death32
Place of burialValenciennes Communal Cemetery (Plot V, Row D, Grave No. 23), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
175
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer by great exertions got his machine guns and ammunition into position in rear of the objective as soon as it had been gained. He showed splendid pluck and cheerfulness under very heavy shell fire. Through his grip of the situation he rendered great assistance to the battalion commander by the splendid manner in which he handled his guns, and by his promptitude in opening fire, which prevented the counter attack from developing.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsCousins: 8368 Driver Ernest COOLAHAN, Australian Army Service Corps, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919; 9457 Driver James Dudley COOLAHAN, Australian Army Service Corps, died of disease, 3 October 1917; 8366 Driver Maurice Stanley COOLAHAN, Australian Army Service Corps, returned to Australia, 22 February 1917; 8367 Driver Percy Bede COOLAHAN, 14th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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