Major Austin COLWELL


COLWELL, Major Austin

Service Number: 6000
Enlisted: 6 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Walcha, New South Wales, Australia, 27 July 1891
Home Town: Coonamble, Coonamble, New South Wales
Schooling: Oakland Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Pneumonia, Military Hospital, Devonport, England, 15 October 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery
Efford Cemetery (General, Row C, Grave No. 3939), Plymouth, Devonshire, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Baradine Honour Roll WW1, Coonabarabran War Memorial Clock Tower, Coonamble Municipality and Wingadee Shire HR
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World War 1 Service

6 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6000, 13th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6000, 13th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6000, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 15th October…… Pte Major Austin Colwell (Major being his Christian name) was born in 1891 in the district of Coonamble, NSW. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 6th March, 1916 as a 24 year old, single, Farmer (listed as a Saw Miller by his father for the Roll of Honour) from Colrose, P.O., Coonamble. NSW.

Private Major Austin Colwell embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Wiltshire (A18) on 22nd August, 1916 with the 13th Infantry Battalion, 19th Reinforcements. He was admitted to Ship’s Hospital on 25th September, 1916 with Broncho Pneumonia & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 12th October, 1916.

Private Major Austin Colwell was sent sick & admitted to Military Hospital, Devonport, England on 12th October, 1916. His condition was reported as dangerous.

Private Major Austin Colwell died at 6.10 am on 15th October, 1916 at Military Hospital, Devonport, England from Pneumonia.

Private Major Austin Colwell is buried in Efford Cemetery, Plymouth, Devon, England where 48 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)