William Albert COULLS


COULLS, William Albert

Service Number: 3688
Enlisted: 28 July 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Pyap Station, South Australia, 11 June 1897
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: North School, Broken Hill
Occupation: Wood-carver
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 5 August 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

28 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3688, 16th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3688, 16th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
5 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3688, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Coulls, of Ovingham, have received official information that their son, Lce.-Cpl. W. A. Coulls, was killed in action in France on August 5. He was 19 years of age. After having completed his apprenticeship with L. P. Lewis & Co. as wood-carver machinist, he enlisted on August 3, 1915. He left for Egypt on December 2 with reinforcements, and went on from there for the French front early in June. He was a member of the cadet team, 80th Battalion, South Australian Cadets, which visited Sydney in 1913, and gained the championship in the Australian competitions. He was a lad of fine physique and a notable athlete." - from the Adelaide Register 11 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)