David Telford COULTER MM

Badge Number: 64175

COULTER, David Telford

Service Number: 3273
Enlisted: 27 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Happy Valley, South Australia, 3 December 1895
Home Town: Brompton, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: South Australia, 2 July 1962, aged 66 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

27 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3273, 10th Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3273, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3273, 50th Infantry Battalion
8 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Mrs. M. Coulter, of Chapman-street, Hindmarsh, has received word that her son, Private D. T. Coulter, has been promoted to lance-corporal and has received the Military Medal. He left Australia in October, 1915, and after a short stay in Egypt he was sent to France. He spent his 20th and 21st birthdays abroad." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 03 Feb 1917 (nla.gov.au)


Biography contributed by Angie French

David Telford Coulter was born on the 3rd of December, 1895 in Happy Valley South Australia. David’s mother was Margaret Coulter and his father was Stephen Coulter. He was one of eight children in his family. David and his family lived in Brompton, South Australia. He had enlisted in the First World War on the 27th of July, 1915. He was nineteen years old, meaning he needed his parents’ permission before he was able to enlist. David was a private when he joined the 10th Battalion and embarked from Adelaide on the 27th October, 1915. He left on the HMAT A24 Benalla, a troop transport ship.

David was transferred to the 50th Battalion on the 26th of February, 1916. On the same day, the 50th Battalion travelled to Egypt. The 50th Battalion was a part of the 13th brigade of the fourth division. While in Egypt David trained with his battalion, once he finished in Egypt he travelled to France.  David had landed in France with the rest of the 50th Battalion on the 11th June, 1916. From there he fought in a major battle in Mouquet farm on the 13th to 15th of August but the battalion suffered heavily. During this, David was promoted to Lance Corporal.

They then launched another assault on the 3rd of September, 1916. There David helped the troops and kept going when everyone else was exhausted. During the 3rd and 4th of September, he showed courage and bravery on the battle field, assisting his fellow fighters in the war. David earned the Military Medal for this bravery.  On the 11th of October, 1917 David was admitted to the Bath War Hospital. At the time he was suffering from an abscess. David recovered from it and re-joined his unit on the 24th of April, 1918.

After the war David arrived back in Australia on 5th April, 1919. He married Alice Elizabeth Doddrige on the 29th of May, 1920, at St Luke’s Church, Adelaide.

On the 2nd of July, 1962 and at the age of sixty-six, David passed away.

David Telford Coulter is now buried in Centennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia.



Government of Australia Virtual War Memorial . Available: https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au/explore/people/266761. Last accessed 27/06/2017


Australian Government  Your History Our History . Available: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=3430934&isAv=N. Last accessed 27/06/2017


UNSW Australia David Telford Coulter  Available: https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=64096. Last accessed 26/06/2017.