Albert Thomas COWARD

COWARD, Albert Thomas

Service Number: 4404
Enlisted: 11 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wallaroo, South Australia, 9 November 1896
Home Town: Wallaroo, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Wallaroo Public School
Occupation: Tally clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 9 October 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Wallaroo Lloyd Memorial 'Welsh' Congregational Church Honour Board, Wallaroo WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4404, Adelaide, South Australia
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4404, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Shropshire embarkation_ship_number: A9 public_note: ''
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4404, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4404, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle of Poelcapelle

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Biography contributed by Helen Harrington

Albert Thomas Coward was the second son of Thomas John Coward and Ellen Ann Davies of Wallaroo, South Australia. He enlisted 6th January 1916, aged 18. He was K.I.A. 9th October 1917 aged 19.

He had 3 cousins also who served from Wallaroo.

John Bryden who enlisted 8th November 1915, was discharged for family reasons served 2 years 68 days.

Brothers Ernest George and Harold Edward Coward, the sons of Archer George Coward and Sarah Georgina Bryden of Wallaroo. Both boys served the entire war and returned home. Harold was severly wounded and was badly scared by the war and Ernest returned to England where he married and raised a family. Ernest died in Warwickshire in 1953 and Harold died in 1966 at Daws Road Repatriation Hospital in Adelaide. He is interned in the WW1 RSL graves at Centennial Park Adelaide