Jack Exelby KOHRING

KOHRING, Jack Exelby

Service Number: 615
Enlisted: 24 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wallaroo, South Australia, 9 August 1896
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 November 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Angaston Congregational Church WW1 Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Orroroo District Roll of Honour WW1, Orroroo War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

24 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 615, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 615, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 615, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'The Winter Offensive' - Flers/Gueudecourt winter of 1916/17, Killed in action

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Biography contributed by Catherine Finn

Jack Exelby was born in Orroroo in South Australia in 1896 on the 9th of August.

His mother was Sara Exelby born in Watervale South Australia in 1889 and she married John Henry Kohring of Wallaroo Mines.  Sara died in 1904 Jack was eight years old. 

John Henry Kohring married again in 1907 Selma Maria Olafsen of Nuriootpa and they had a daughter in 1908 Meta Catherine Kohring and Jack's half brother Roy Keith Lorents in 1910, Jack was 14 years old. 

His Father died away from Selma and his other 2 children in Broken Hill working in the mine.  It was a truck accident the year was 1911 March 31st

Jack went to war enlisted at Keswick Barracks Adelaide in 1915 24th February.  At the age of 20 he dies in France 5th November 1916.  

Selma Maria Kohring dies in 1924 in Adelaide under the name of Selma Maria Britten(West Terrace Cemetry Adelaide).   Jack's half sister lives in Adelaide and is married to Thomas Nichol in 1927. Roy Keith Lorents Kohring (B:1910 D: 2002) lives in Adelaide for awhile with his sister until he marries in 1934 and enlist 19th September 1939 in the Royal Australian Navy.  Signalman PA211 serves on HMAS Magnetic.  Jack's niece is born in 1936 Eleanor Marie Kohring. 





Biography contributed by Asha Kromwijk

According to his Service Record, Jack Kohring left Alexandria for Gallipoli at the beginning of September 1915 with the remainder of the 27th Battalion. He served on the Peninsula until being evacuated.

From Egypt, Jack went to France in March, docking at Marseilles on the 21st. He experienced a bout of tonsillitis in May but soon rejoined his unit, and suffered through the fighting at Pozières in late July. He survived this unscathed, but was killed in action on 5 November 1916 during an attack on the German lines near Guedecourt. His body was not recovered,




Private J. E. Kohring was the son of the late Mr. J. Kohring (accidentally killed on the Proprietary mine at Broken Hill). Private Kohring was born at Kadina, and after spending his boyhood partly at Kadina and partly in Angaston, Broken Hill, and Adelaide he went to Orroroo, where at the outbreak of the war he was employed by Mr. J. C. Hagger. He enlisted from Orroroo in February, 1915, soon after reaching his eighteenth birthday, sailed for Egypt in May, and landed on Gallipoli in August, where he served till the evacuation without mishap. With his battalion he landed in France, where he saw fighting in various parts of the line. Eventually his battalion took part in the Somme battle, where he was killed in action on November 5." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 06 Jan 1917 (nla.gov.au)