John COLEMAN

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COLEMAN, John

Service Number: F4916
Enlisted: 11 March 1943, Enlisted at Fremantle, Western Australia
Last Rank: Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Matafele
Born: Blackwood, Western Australia, Australia, 8 September 1925
Home Town: Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died at sea, Coral Sea, 18 June 1944, aged 18 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panal 92, Column 3
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Carlisle Harold Hawthorne Centre Memorial Plaques
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Ordinary Seaman, SN F4916
11 Mar 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Ordinary Seaman, SN F4916, Enlisted at Fremantle, Western Australia
11 Mar 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Seaman, SN F4916, HMAS Matafele

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

John was assigned to HMAS Matafele a store carrier which was commissioned on the 1 January 1943 and was lost without trace and all 37 hands  on the 20 June 1944 while on route to Milne Bay. The crew included Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginals

At the time of disappearance the Matafele was carrying 215 tons of Naval stores. The Matafele also performed surveying and navigational duties along the Papua New Guinea cost

Next of kin was given was Mary Coleman