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Edward Coady



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Coady AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 137 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1876 Public - Brian - Researcher - 6 July 2016 - NZ Births, Deaths, Marriages 1876/1299
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Parent : Maurice and Catherine COADY (1876/1299) Public - Brian - Researcher - 6 July 2016 - NZ Births, Deaths, Marriages 1876/1299
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Isobel Edith Coady AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 137 AWMM
  • Military service
    Served in New Zealand Colonial Forces; resigned AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 11" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      178 lb AWMM
    • 20 July 1916 AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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    • Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.
      Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 10 February 1916, of neglect of duty: admonished.
      Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 21 April 1916, and transfererd to Casualty Clearing Station (nephritis); discharged, 1 May 1916.
      Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 1 May 1916 (chronic nephritis); transferred to No 4 Hospital Train, 5 May 1916, and admitted same day to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis; rejoined Bn, Ferry Post, 25 May 1916.
      Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.
      Killed in action, 20 July 1916.
      Statement, Red Cross File No 760111 , 1556 Pte A. GORDON, A Company, 30th Bn (patient, No 22 General Hospital, Etaples), 4 December 1916: 'We had gone over the top at Fromelles bear Fleurbaix, and were crossing No Man's Land. I was close to him when a bullet struck him and killed him. As a lot were buried next day, I have no doubt my sergeant was amongst them.'
      Second statement, 288 Pte T.G. SCOTT, 30th Bn, 7 December 1916: 'He was digging a sap on Nomansland (sic), and was killed by m.g. fire.'
      Third statement, 2166 Pte R.F. South, 30th Bn, 7 December 1916: 'He was killed in a sap at Fleurbaix after we had gone over, by m.g. fire.'
      Fourth statement, 1302 Cpl A.J. LANGBEIN [recorded as LAUGHLIN], A Company, 30th Bn (patient, Graylingwell Hospital, Chichester, England), 12 December 1916: 'Informant states that on July 19/16 at Fromelles, the Batt. was digging a sap, and as soon as Sgt. Coady had dug deep enough to afford cover, he gave his place up to another and went on digging. He was killed while thus exposing himself ... He was a hero if ever there was one.'
      Fifth statement, Lt J.H. FACEY, 30th Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 12 December 1916: 'Coady was in charge of his section digging a sap towards the German lines at Fromelles om 19-20th. July. He got out of his own position which was fairy safe and put in this position a couple of young privates of his section who were in a more dangerous position and took charge of this more dangerous position. He had no sooner taken charge when he was shot by a machine gun. He as buried where he fell in the sap. Sgt. Coady was a hero and thought very highly of by his men.'
      Sixth statement, 1075 Pte V.T. GLADSTONE, 30th Bn, 13 December 1916: 'I know for certain that he was not buried.' AWMM
    • AWM Circular (wife) : "Left New Zealand as Captain of Canterbury Mounted Rifles with main body 14/10/1914, returned in charge of invalids and one officer from the Emdeb 15/03/1915, resigned from N.Z.E.F. 05/04/1915, enlisted with A.I.F. 23 April, 1915" Public - Brian - Researcher - 6 July 2016 - AWM Roll of Honour :
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About death

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  • Death
    20 July 1916 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    No known grave AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France AWMM

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