Walter COOCHY #2420

Indigenous Australian, Walter COOCHY (aka Couchey), 7th, 23rd & 9th Field Artillery Brigades

Walter COOCHY was born in Gayndah, Qld. to Emily Couchy in 1893 and was working as a horse breaker when he volunteered to serve in the first AIF, November 1915. Initially allotted to the 16th Reinforcements for the 5th Light Horse Regiment, he trained at Chermside just outside Brisbane, before embarking in May 1916 on board HMAT Corsica. On arrival in Egypt, he was transferred to the Artillery Details.

These units sailed for England in June 1916 from Alexandria and trained at the Australian Army Training Depot, Parkhouse before embarking for France. Walter Couchy was first assigned to the 9th Field Artillery Brigade, then the 23rd and finally in January 1917, the 7th. He was mustered to be a driver and served in the Western Front.

9th Field Artillery Brigade

Walter was admitted to hospital briefly in February 1918 after scalding his foot, but returned to his unit within a few days. He remained on active service until being returned home at the end of the war, on the troopship Runic in May 1919.

+ Their surname is variously spelt –  Coochy, Coochey, Couchy

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I’ll Walter was my grandfather. I remember him fondly. He was very strict with us kids. I am so proud of his contribution to the defence of Australia.

Hi Wendy, I am Walter's great great niece. He had a half sister, Violet Coochy who is my great great grandmother. I live in Sydney, hope our families could connect. We would love to know more about Emily Couchy and her sons - as well as you and your family.

Hello Wendy, we too are proud of his service, I'm glad you found his story.

My great grandfather served in the 9th FAB alongside as a driver also

Hi Walter was big brother to my grandfather Jeffrey couchy from Gayndah/ ban ban springs. &Yes we are also very proud of our great uncle.. Alan..