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John Oswald Coward

Name on Board JO Coward
Name on Service
John Oswald  Coward
Enlistment Age 25
Occupation Clerk
Place of Birth London, England
Next of Kin Ida Coward
Address 19 Gellibrand St, Williamstown, Vic
Marital Status M
Enlistment Date 27/04/1916
Service No. 3529
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Melbourne
Embarkation Date 1/08/1916
Embarkation Ship HMAT Orsova A67
Unit on Embarkation 29th Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of Death 11/05/1918
Unit on Death 29th Australian Infantry Battalion
Rank on Death Corporal
Cause of Death Died of wounds
Place of Wounding/
20th Casualty Clearing Station, France
Cemetery or Memorial Vignacourt British Cemetery, Vignacourt, Picardie, France
Additional Information John Coward's mother, Helen Coward, 64 Cours du Jarden Public, Bordeaux, France is noted as next-of-kin on enlistment form.  John Coward had visited his mother in France the week before he died. John Coward was married to Ida Coward who he named as his wife in his will.  She sent her marriage certificate to the military to verify her marriage to John. His Red Cross files reveal that he was an Intelligence Corporal who was identifying some dead near Sailly-le-Sec when accidentally shot by his own side. He was known as Jock and worked as a clerk at the Nugget Boot Polish Works, Williamstown.
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