Jeffrey Law #7049A

Indigenous Australian, Private John Coleman (Jeffrey Law), 49th Infantry Battalion.

Initially assigned to the 26th Battalion reinforcements, Private Coleman embarked from Sydney on board the troopship HMAT 'Ormonde' in March 1918.

He was admitted to the ships hospital during the voyage with Measles, and when he arrived in Egypt was again admitted to hospital for further treatment before joining his comrades at the Australian Camp, Suez.

In May 1918 Private Coleman embarked for training in England where he was transferred to the 49th Infantry Battalion. He reached France in August 1918  where the Battalion was operating near Sailley Le Sec during the August '100 days' offensive.

The 49th Battalion took part in the initial fighting around Bray, the following month, on 18 September 1918, the Battalion undertook its final offensive action as part of the reserve during an attack against the Hindenburg Line.

Private Coleman was briefly attached to the Australian Army Services Corps after the armistice, between December 1918 and March 1918 and was returned home in October 1919.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump


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