Patrick Joseph (Joe) COLL DCM, MM

COLL, Patrick Joseph

Service Number: 2973
Enlisted: 15 September 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Paddington, Queensland, 3 March 1896
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway clerk
Died: Natural causes (lung cancer), Greenslopes Repat Hospital, Queensland, 22 November 1966, aged 70 years
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery
Portion: 25 Section: 21 Grave No: 9A
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World War 1 Service

15 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2973, 47th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
27 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2973, 47th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Brisbane
27 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2973, 47th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Sep 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Polygon Wood, "North of Polygon Wood, on the night of 28/29th September 1917. This man was a section commander. When on a working party some men of his section were blown up by shell fire and the platoon sergeant was killed. Private Coll by his coolness and bravery kept the platoon well under control and inspired them with fortitude and courage. His command of the platoon was excellent and great credit is due to him for the manner in which he asserted himself. he acquitted himself nobly and set a splendid example to others."
3 Apr 1918: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Dernancourt/Ancre, "Did extraordinary work and displayed great bravery at DERNANCOURT on 3rd April 1918, when a party of 300 enemy approached to attack. He was on offensive patrol and located enemy when 200 or 300 yards away. He gave the signal and returned to the line, being shot in the head whilst doing so. He assisted in the defence, personally killing 7 enemy, and not until all was quiet did he seek medical aid. He assisted another wounded man out of the line, and although weak from loss of blood, insisted on making complete report before being evacuated. He is a splendid example and full of grit and previously had done very excellent work."
3 Apr 1918: Wounded Dernancourt/Ancre, GSW (Neck)
13 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2973, 45th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Patrick Joseph Coll enlisted in the A.I.F. on 15 September 1916 and served in the 47th Battalion. During his service in France on the Western Front he was awarded the Military Medal (Polygon Wood) and the Distinguished Conduct Medal (Dernacourt).