John (Jack) COUGHLAN


Service Numbers: 670, 19456
Enlisted: 9 October 1915
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: Field Company Engineers
Born: Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, 1 October 1872
Home Town: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier, labourer, merchant sailor/ fireman
Died: Early senility & result of Gas in France, Brisbane,Queensland. australia, 11 February 1926, aged 53 years
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery
Location : 10-49-6
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World War 1 Service

9 Oct 1915: Enlisted Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces (New Guinea 1914), Corporal, SN 670, 4th Battalion (Tropical Force)
1 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 19456, 12th Field Company Engineers
31 Oct 1917: Involvement Sapper, Field Company Engineers
31 Oct 1917: Embarked Sapper, Field Company Engineers, HMAT Euripides, Sydney

John Joseph Coughlan- military service

Born to Irish parents on 1st October 1877, John Joseph Coughlan ( known as Jack) served 3 years in the Grenadier Guards. He also served 9 years as a reservist in the Grenadier Guards, before migrating to Australia from Newport, Monmouthshire. Wales - UK

In 1915 Jack signed up in the 9th October, 1915 and went to Rabaul in German New Guinea, with ‘The 4 th Tropical Force’. Enlistment number : 670 - Jack was discharged on his own request. ( Due to Domestic troubles.)

On 1st February 1917. Jack signed up a gain. Enlistment number : 19456 ( aged 44years and 7 months.)

Sapper Jack Coughlan embarked for France. On 14th August 1918 he marched into Rouelles, France. Taken on strength to the the 12th Field Company Engineers. On 18/10/1918 he was detached to join the 12th Australian infantry battalion. He rejoined his unit on30/10/1918. On 22/12/1918 Jack marched out
to England.

On 11th April 1919, Jack Coughlan was discharged from the AIF in Brisbane as unfit for duty- Disability- ‘premature senility.’ Aged 52. Jack died on 11th February 1926

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