Robert Ewen COVENTRY

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COVENTRY, Robert Ewen

Service Number: 2454
Enlisted: 2 March 1915
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 10 July 1884
Home Town: Prahran, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Punt Road State School, Sth Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Cerebro spinal meningitis, Military Hospital, Wareham, Dorset, England , 21 December 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Wareham Cemetery
Wareham Cemetery (Plot B, Row C, Grave No. 15), Dorset
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2454, 14th Infantry Battalion
10 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2454, 14th Infantry Battalion
10 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2454, 14th Infantry Battalion, RMS Persia, Melbourne
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 46th Infantry Battalion
10 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2454, 46th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , GSW to back - Slight - died of disease
21 Dec 1916: Involvement Corporal, SN 2454, 46th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date – 21st December..... Private Robert Ewen Coventry was born at South Yarra, Victoria in 1884. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 2nd March, 1915 as a 30 year old, married, Clerk from Prahran, Victoria.

Private Robert Ewen Coventry embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on RMS Persia on 10th August, 1915 with the 4th Infantry Brigade, 14th Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements.

Private Coventry proceeded to join his Unit with draft from Zeitoun on 9th October, 1915. He joined his Unit at Mudros on 23rd October, 1915.

Private Coventry was sent sick to Hospital at the Dardanelles. He was admitted to New Zealand Field Ambulance at Anzac on 21st November, 1915 then transferred to 16th Casualty Clearing Station at Mudros the same day. Private Coventry was discharged from Casualty Clearing Station on 28th November, 1915 & rejoined his Unit from Hospital at Dardanelles on 29th November, 1915.

Private Robert Ewen Coventry disembarked at Alexandria on 1st January, 1916 from Troopship Cardiganshire (after the evacuation of Gallipoli).

Private Coventry was admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance at Ismalia on 7th January, 1916 then transferred the same day to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station with Influenza. He was discharged to his Unit on 10th January, 1916 & rejoined his Unit on 15th January, 1916 at Moascar.

Private Coventry was admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance at Ismalia on 7th January, 1916 then transferred the same day to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station with Influenza. He was discharged to his Unit on 10th January, 1916 & rejoined his Unit on 15th January, 1916 at Moascar.

Private Coventry was transferred from 14th Battalion to 46th Battalion on 3rd March, 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir. He arrived in France on 9th June, 1916.

Private Robert Ewen Coventry was wounded in action on 10th August, 1916. He was invalided to England on 18th August, 1916 on Hospital Ship Jan Breydel with shrapnel wounds to his back.

Private Coventry was admitted to War Hospital at Bradford on 19th August, 1916 with gunshot wounds to back – slight. He was discharged from Hospital on 8th September, 1916 to Perham Downs, Wiltshire & granted furlough from 19th September, 1916 & returned on 5th October, 1916.

Private Coventry was transferred to No. 3 Command Depot, Bovington Camp, Wool, Dorset on 13th October, 1916 then transferred to No. 4 Command Depot, Wareham, Dorset on 3rd November, 1916.
Corporal Robert Ewen Coventry died at 1.55 pm on 21st December, 1916 at Military Hospital, Wareham, Dorset, England from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

(Note: no record of when he was promoted to Corporal). He was buried in Wareham Cemetery, Wareham, Dorset, England where 12 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

Corporal Coventry left a widow & 3 children. Memorial Notices were placed in the local newspapers every year from his death by either his widow or his mother up to 1939.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/wareham---dorset.html

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