William Henry COE


COE, William Henry

Service Number: 2584
Enlisted: 7 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goyder Plains, South Australia, Australia, 18 April 1882
Home Town: Warrow, Lower Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Beaufort Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Estrees, France, 29 August 1918, aged 36 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1, Port Wakefield Memorial Arch, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

7 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2584, 32nd Infantry Battalion
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2584, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
29 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 2584, 5th Infantry Battalion

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Friday 29 August 1919


COE.—In loving memory of our dear son and brother, No. 2584, Driver W. H. Coe, killed in action in France, August 29th, 1918.

The free flags waving in the breeze,

And a white cross marks his grave.

He fought and died by his comrades' side,

For true Britons won't be slaves.  

—Inserted by his mother and sister Nellie.

COE.—In loving memory of my dear brother, No. 2584 Driver W. H. Coe, killed at Estrées, France, on August 29, 1918.

You fought the battles true and brave, 

With comrades who did the same, And now in France, dear brother,

There is a cross that bears your name.

—Inserted by his loving brother Arthur (late 50th Battalion). 241x242

COE.—In affectionate remembrance of our dear brothers, Gunner Will, killed August 29, 1918; Corporal Jack, killed June 30, 1918; and Private Albert killed June 7, 1917. 

They followed the path of duty,

They answered their country's call;

They died like Australian heroes,

The grandest death of all.

—Ever to be remembered by their loving sisters, Hilda, Molly, and Olive.