Lancelot Oswald Sperling COAD

COAD, Lancelot Oswald Sperling

Service Numbers: 2901, S73137
Enlisted: 10 February 1916, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Born: Sandergrove, South Australia, 13 January 1891
Home Town: Greenock, Light, South Australia
Schooling: North Adelaide Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Seaton, South Australia, 15 November 1975, aged 84 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Plot: Catholic E, Path 7, Grave 173
Memorials: Freeling WW2 Memorial, North Adelaide Public School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2901, 32nd Infantry Battalion, at Adelaide
11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 2901, 32nd Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 2901, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
21 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Appointed Lance Corporal
21 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2901, 32nd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, GSW right arm

World War 2 Service

21 Apr 1942: Involvement Private, S73137, 10th (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
21 Apr 1942: Enlisted Nuriootpa, SA
21 Apr 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, S73137
21 Dec 1945: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, S73137, 10th (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)

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Biography contributed by Adelaide High School

Lancelot Oswald Sperling Coad was born on the 13th of January 1891 and enlisted in the war when he was 25 years of age. He embarked on the Aeneas with the 32nd Infantry Battalion as a Private on the 11th of April 1916. He fought with the 32nd Infantry Battalion for 2 years. On the 21st of September 1917, he was promoted to Lance Corporal. Coad was accidentally injured in a train accident while serving on the 16th of December. There was an investigation into it but dismissed as the train was being driven by a French soldier. On 21/03/1918 Lance Corporal Coad was injured while serving. He suffered a gunshot wound (G.S.W) to the right arm and toe and was admitted to the hospital. He was eventually discharged from 13/04/1918 to 21/09/1918. He later enlisted in World War 2 as a Private to the 10th Battalion VDC, which was Volunteer Defence Corps when he was 51. This was for ex-servicemen to participate in the war without having to be in battle. He served in the VDC until the 21st of December 1942 when he was discharged. He eventually died on the 15th of November 1975 from an unknown cause.​