ABELSON, Coleman

Service Number: 2026
Enlisted: 22 June 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glamorganshire, South Wales, August 1888
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Optician
Died: Killed in Action, France, 31 January 1917
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
IV D 9
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jewish Community of South Australia Roll of Honour, St Peters Heroes War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2026, Adelaide, South Australia
28 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2026, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2026, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
31 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2026, 40th Infantry Battalion

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Son of Isaac and Sophia ABELSON

Biography contributed by Jaiden Saunderson

Coleman Abelson was born in Glamorganshire, South Wales and moved to Adelaide, Australia at the age of 10.

Prior to enlisting, Abelson was an optician. Upon enlistment, Abelson, who was unmarried, listed his mother Mrs Sophia Abelson as his next of kin. Abelson may have still lived at home at the time of enlistment as his address was that of his parents: 9 Torrens Street, East Adelaide. Abelson enlisted in Adelaide on the 22nd June, 1916 at the age of 29.

Abelson was assigned to the AIF's 43rd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement (AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/60/2), and embarked from Adelaide aboard the HMAT A68 Anchises on 28 August 1916.

During the war, Abelson was transfered to the 40th Battalion.

Abelson was killed in action in France on the 31st January, 1917. He was 30 years old. Abelson was buried at the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No 9), France. For his service, Abelson was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.