Joseph Francis (Frank) COUGHLAN


COUGHLAN, Joseph Francis

Service Number: 2170
Enlisted: 31 May 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 55th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cootamundra, New South Wales, 1 August 1894
Home Town: Cootamundra, Cootamundra, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm hand/Boot maker
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 July 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Cootamundra Sacred Heart Catholic Church Memorial
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2170, Liverpool, New South Wales
11 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2170, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2170, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
24 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 55th Infantry Battalion
3 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2170, 55th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"How Frank Coughlan Died.

Pte. A. Gillett, writing to Mr. Coughlan, tells how his son was killed.

France, 31/7/18. Dear Don,— Just a note or two to let you know a rather bad piece of news. I am very sorry to say that your son Frank, who was on my gun team, was killed in action on 3rd Inst. The poor boy never knew he was hit. He was joking with another chap and me when a sniper shot him through the brain. He died painlessly. We buried him decently behind our trench, and put a small cross over him. I must say that he was a great soldier, did not know what fear was. Trusting you will not grieve too deeply. He died, bravely doing his duty..." - from the Cootamundra Herald 05 Nov 1918 (