The AIF Project

William Harris COUELL

Regimental number1890
Date of birth5 October 1886
Place of birthBuffalo, New York, United States of America
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationElectrical mechanic
Address46 Merton Street, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29.9
Height5' 11"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Couell, 46 Merton Street, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 16 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1919
Discharge date17 March 1920
Other details

War service: embarked for overseas service, 14 October 1915; disembarked Egypt.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Joined unit in France, 1 January 1917. Granted 10 days' furlough, 25 May-7 June 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917; admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 6 October 1917, and transferred to 6th General Hospital, Rouen (gun shot wound, knee), 7 October 1917.

Discharged to Base Details, 17 October 1917; rejoined unit from Hospital, 4 November 1917.

Detached for Lewis Gun Course at 2nd Infantry Brigade, 28 November 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 2 December 1917.

Wounded in action, second occasion, and admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance (gun shot wound, elbow), 25 April 1918; transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 26 April 1918; discharged to duty, 17 May 1918; rejoined 1st Field Company, 18 May 1918.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 22 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 10 October 1918.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance (accidental injury, back), 24 October 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 25 October 1918; discharged to Australian General Base Depot, 3 January 1919; rejoined unit, 14 January 1919.

Marched out for return to Australia, 19 January 1919; marched out to United Kingdom for return to Australia (1915 personnel), 24 January 1919.

Eligible for 15 days' extra disembarkation leave, 31 July 1919.

Marched in from No. 1 Group, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, 8 September 1919; granted leave with pay only (no allowances), to date of arrival of SS 'Mackara' at final port in Australia, 24 September 1919.

Left England for return to Australia, 24 September 1919; served as crew member on board SS 'Mackara'. Disembarked at Brisbane, 24 December 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 17 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Died of tuberculosis and pneumonia.
Date of death25 October 1924
Age at death38
Place of burialDrayton Cemetery, Toowoomba, Queensland

Print format    

© The AIF Project 2024, UNSW Canberra. Not to be reproduced without permission.