Charles Cephas COLEY


COLEY, Charles Cephas

Service Number: 6421
Enlisted: 19 August 1916, Brisbane
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Four Mile, Roma, Queensland, Australia, 14 December 1898
Home Town: Rosewood, Ipswich, Queensland
Schooling: Rosewood State School, Ipswich, Queensland
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Killed in Action, Mont St Quentin, France, 2 September 1918, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot III, Row E, Grave 26, Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Peronne, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Laidley War Memorial, Muckadilla Harry Murray VC Remembrance Wall
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6421, 25th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane
23 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6421, 25th Infantry Battalion
23 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6421, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney

His Sweetheart

Before he left for the war Charles became betrothed to Clara Marian Richards (1896-1987). Because he never came home she never married.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Charles Cephas COLEY was born at Four Mile, Roma, Queensland on 14th December, 1898

His parents were Philemon Lewis COLEY & Lucy HARLEY

He enlisted in Brisbane on 19th August, 1916 & embarked with the 25th Infantry Battalion, 18th Reinforcements from Sydney on HMAT Demosthenes on 23rd December, 1916

Charles was Killed in Action at Mont St Quentin, France on 2nd September, 1918 and is buried in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

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