John Humphrey Coyle
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|Date of Birth||12 Dec 1895|
|Place of Birth||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Death||17 Feb 1966|
|Place of Death||Inglewood, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||19 years, 10 months|
5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 132 lbs|
59.874 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
|Address||67 Market street, Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Sister , Miss Gertrude Coyle|
|Date of Enlistment||16 Oct 1916|
|Unit/Formation||44th Battaliuon, 6th Reinforcement / 11th Brigade, 3rd Division|
|Date of Embarkation||29 Dec 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A34 Persic|
|Date of Return||23 Jul 1919 ‒ 27 Sep 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Main|
Wounded in Action 4 Oct 1917 Brooseinde |
Wounded in Action 28 Mar 1918 1st Merlancourt
Returned to Australia
Jarrahdale Honour Roll |
Mundijong Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
British War Medal |
At his first attempt to enlist, he was rejected for defective vision. However, on 16 Oct 1916 he entered Blackboy Hill camp, and three weeks later he was allocated to the 6th reinforcment draft for the 44th Battalion.
Arriving in England he was sent to the 11th Training Battalion at Sutton Mandeville until 8 Mar 1917. On that date he transferred to Lark Hill, and on 14 Jun 1917 he proceeded overseas to France from Southamton.
On 6 Jul 1917 he was taken on strength by the 44th Battalion who at that time were in the front lines in the Messines Sector. Wounded in Action a first time on 4 Oct 1917 while participating in the attack on German lines at Broodseinde. Treated in France initially by the 11th Field Ambulance, the 44th Casualty Clearing Station and the 2nd Australian General Hospital from 7 - 10 Oct 1917. On 11 Oct 1917 he was embarked on HMHS St Denis for England, where later that day he was admitted to the Kitchener Military Hospital in Brighton.
Recovered from the shell wound to his left arm, he spent 19 - 23 Oct 1917 in the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield before he proceeded overseas to France a second time on 1 Feb 1918, this time through Southampton. He rejoined the 44th Battalion on 9 Feb 1918, and was quickly back in action until on 28 Mar 1918 when he was Wounded in Action a second time, this time with a gun shot wound to his left wrist at Sailly-le-Sec.
Seen by the 11th Field Ambulance he was admitted to the 20th General Hospital in Dannes Camiers before being embarked on the HS Ville de Liege on 1 Apr 1918 for England where he was admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital in Thorpe, Norwich.
Recovered a second time, he enjoyed some leave, and a stay in the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital from 3 to 13 May 1918 before enjoying some furlough and then again proceeding via command depots overseas to France from Folkestone on 15 Aug 1918.
He rejoined his battalion on 19 Aug 1918, and on the same day he was AWOL from a Gas Parade from 1:15pm to 4:00pm, for which he forfeited 14 days pay.
Arriving back in Australia in September 1919 he was not discharged by the 5th Military District until 24 May 1920.
Married Agnes May Electoral Records 1958 - 1963 at 299 Crawford road Maylands, a linesman On 30 Apr 1943 John enlisted as W80345 Private in the Citizens Military Forces, with date of discharge unknown