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John Douglas Coleman

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 55), Page: 7 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 55), Page: 7 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Coleman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 37978 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 February 1880 Granddaughter AmberleyCanterbury Military personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 19 October 1916 AWMM 127 Grant Rd, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Dorothy May Coleman (wife), 127 Grant Road, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    30 August 1916 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Lewis Gun School 21.9.18 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 October 1916 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      157 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWI AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWI AWMM
      Light Brown AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Dorothy May nee Taylor.

    John Coleman was part of the 22nd Reinforcements to leave New Zealand. They left in two groups, on 13 and 16 February 1917.

    Promoted to Lance Corporal 9.2.17; reverted Private 2.5.17; appointed Lance Corporal 10.2.18; reverted to Private 4.6.18; Driver 4.6.18.

    A photograph and an extract from a letter dated 29 April 1918 written in France to his sister Mary appear in Glyn Harper's book (2001) "Letters from the battlefield: NZ
    soldiers write home 1914-18" p. 136-139

    Coleman embarked from London on Waimana 10 May 1919, he disembarked in Auckland 23 June 1919. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 June 1967 AWMM
    Age 88 AWMM
    DannevirkeManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Woodville RSA Cemetery, Woodville, Tararua District, New Zealand AWMM RSA Ashes Grave 1 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      55: 7 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Letters from the battlefield / ed. by Glyn Harper. HarperCollins, 2001. p. 136-9. Public - Christine - Direct descendant - 24 December 2015 - The above mentioned book.


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 December 2015ChristineAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant
23 December 2015Online CenotaphAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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