Michael Coughlin

First Name: 
Michael
Last Name: 
Coughlin
Mother's Name: 
Anne nee Coughlin Moloney
Father's Name: 
Thomas Coughlin
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, July 23, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
2nd Battalion
Company: 
D
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, October 4, 1917
Place of Death: 
Polygon Wood, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Michael Coughlin (Service No 4162/ 4162A) was born in Sydney around 1887.

At enlistment Michael was single, 28 years old and worked as a labourer; he nominated his sister Mary in Rozelle, Sydney as next of kin.

Michael embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A60 Aeneas with 4th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement on 29th December 1915.  Prior to leaving he received a large send off from Wollongong.

He arrived in Egypt and was transferred to 2nd Battalion on 14th February 1916.  Michael arrived in France on 28th March 1916 with D Compnay, 15 Platoon and saw service on the Western Front with them.

He was admitted to hospital sick with trench feet on 26th February 1917, returning to his unit on 25th September 1917.  On 4th October 1917 Michael was attempting to set up a strong point in the front line when, at about 10.30am, a shell exploded and he was killed.  Michael was buried at the time but the location of his grave has been lost.

Michael's sacrifice is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres Belgium & on the Kiama Memorial Arch and Honour Rolls.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, COUGHLIN M

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