Arthur Aplin COLES

COLES, Arthur Aplin

Service Numbers: 1056, 440
Enlisted: 7 December 1914, Cairo, Egypt
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: London, England, 7 July 1893
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher (aboard SS Omrah)
Died: Natural causes, Melbourne, Victoria, 17 August 1947, aged 54 years
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
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World War 1 Service

7 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1056, 9th Infantry Battalion, Cairo, Egypt
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1056, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 May 1916: Transferred Driver, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Melbourne, Victoria
30 May 1916: Involvement Driver, SN 440, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 May 1916: Embarked Driver, SN 440, No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, RMS Morea, Melbourne
6 Jun 1918: Discharged Corporal, SN 440, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...440 (previously 1056) Private Arthur Aplin Coles, 1st Reinforcements, No 1 Squadron, Wagon Section, Australian Half Flight Corps (India), originally of Hampstead, London, England. Pte Coles originally enlisted on 7 December 1914 in Alexandria, Egypt. He was a civilian working as a butcher on the transport ship SS Omrah when he was asked by Major William Cavendish Harvey (VD), 9th Battalion, to join the AIF. Pte Cole was a member of the 9th Battalion when he returned to Australia on 19 January 1916. He re-enlisted on 10 May 1916 and embarked aboard RMS Morea, with the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), in Melbourne on 30 May 1916. He returned to Australia as a corporal on 1 May 1918..." - SOURCE (