Frank Matthew COFFEE

COFFEE, Frank Matthew

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 4 January 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia, 11 April 1887
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Riverview College, Sydney University, Kentucky University, Stanford University
Occupation: Journalist
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 18 November 1915, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
16 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Demosthenes embarkation_ship_number: A64 public_note: ''
16 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
16 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gallipoli, 1915

Lieutenant Frank Mathew Coffee, 24th Battalion Australian Infantry, was killed in action on 18th November 1915. He is buried in Lone Pine Cemetery.


“News was received recently in Melbourne of the death of Lieut. Frank Coffee, who was killed in action at Gallipoli on November 18th. The young officer was the eldest son of Mr. Frank Coffee, a well-known Sydney man, and was a sound, reliable pressman, who was previously connected with the Sydney 'Sun,' but was better known as a member of the literary staff of the 'Age.' The late Lieut. Coffee had travelled extensively in America, where he had gained most of his newspaper and military experience. He joined the school of instruction at Broadmeadows last March, and gained his commission in the infantry before leaving for Egypt. We offer our deep sympathy to the relatives of the deceased officer, in whose early fall military and literary circles have sustained a great loss.” [1]

He was the 28 year-old son of Frank and Sarah Coffee, of Mowbray Road, Willoughby, Chatswood, New South Wales.

[1] 'Advocate' (Melbourne, Victoria), 11th December 1915.