Francis John COOMER

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COOMER, Francis John

Service Number: 792
Enlisted: 10 September 1914
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Perth, Western Australia, September 1894
Home Town: Wongan Hills, Wongan-Ballidu, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Accidental grenade explosion during training, Second Army Grenade School of Instruction, France, 23 September 1916
Cemetery: Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, France
Plot I, Row A, Grave No. 20
Memorials: Wongan Hills War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 792, 12th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Involvement Private, SN 792, 12th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Private, SN 792, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Medic, Fremantle
30 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 792, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW to hand slight
1 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 52nd Infantry Battalion
13 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 52nd Infantry Battalion
1 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
9 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery
23 Sep 1916: Involvement Second Lieutenant, 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From 52nd Battalion AIF
 
Francis COOMER was an early enlistee in August 1914 and embarked with the originals of the 12th Bn on HMAT A7 Medic on 2 November 1914. He was part of the Landing at Gallipoli and was wounded sometime during 25-28 April 1915. After the evacuation, he was transferred to the 52nd Bn. Promoted to 2nd Lt on 26 August 1916, just before he was seconded to the 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery. He was accidentally killed by a premature explosion of a bomb at the Second Army Grenade School of Instruction.

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