John Coffey

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John Coffey
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 4 Aug 1903
Place of Birth Jandakott, Western Australia
Death 10 Apr 1991, aged 84 (?)
Place of Death Redcliffe, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 38 years, 5 months
Description 5'4½ (1.64m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; green eyes ; black hair ; scar on right arm
Occupation Truck driver
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Seventh road, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Uncle , Mr. Alfred Gettos
Military Information
Reg Number W21459 & WX32118
Date of Enlistment 12 Jul 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 250th Australian Supply Depot Platoon
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 21 Nov 1944 ‒ 26 Nov 1944
Transport Details USAT Evangaline Darwin to Jacquinot Bay
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 10 Sep 1945 ‒ 15 Sep 1945
Transport Details HMT Taroona Jacquinot Bay to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

War Service

John was mobilised on 10 Jan 1942 and was posted to the Western Command Troops Supply Column as a Driver. On 27 Jan 1942 he was called up for full time service, and on 17 May 1942 he was transferred to the 13th Australian Infantry Brigade Group's 4th Battalion. John transferred to the 2nd AIF on 12 Jul 1942 and was allotted to the 24th Australian Company AASC.

On 13 Feb 1943 John entrained for Adelaide, arriving there on 20 Feb 1943. On 1 Mar 1943 he entrained in Adelaide for the Northern Territory, arriving there on 10 Mar 1943. While in the Northern Territory, on 17 Aug 1944 he was transferred to the 250th Australian Supply Depot Platoon. On 21 Nov 1944 the unit embarked in Darwin aboard USAT Evangaline for Jacquinot Bay on the south coast of New Britain where they disembarked on 26 Nov 1944. On 10 Sep 1945 John was embarked in Jacquinot Bay aboard HMT Taroona for Brisbane where he disembarked on 15 Sep 1945.

Transferred to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot he was discharged on 30 Jan 1946.

Post War

During 1953 John married Gwendoline Olive Chester.

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 91 Kooyong road, south Belmont, truck driver; 1977 at 333 Great Eastern highway, Belmont, contractor.


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