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Francis Coulam

3/4 portrait of Lance Corporal Francis Coulam, Reg No 12/2252, of the 3rd (Auckland) Regiment, Auckland Infantry Regiment, 5th Reinforcements, Later Sergeant, died after discharge from the N.Z.E.F. from wounds inflicted or disease contracted while on active service on 11 November 1918 (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1915). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-C315. No known copyright.

3/4 portrait of Lance Corporal Francis Coulam, Reg No 12/2252, of the 3rd (Auckland) Regiment, Auckl …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Coulam AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12/2252 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 November 1891 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra TaranakiNew Zealand Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 40 John Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    S.J. Coulam (father), 40 John Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/2252 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      'For conspicuous gallantry in the field, east of St Julien on the 4th inst. During the advance this N.C.O. handled the men under his command in a most capable manner and took part in a lot of severe fighting, he himself accounting for a great number of the enemy with the bayonet. He was cool and level headed throughout and let nothing hinder the advance of his platoon to the objective. On arrival at the Red Line he worked without sparing himself and organised his men in a most capable manner in the work of consolidation, and it was greatly due to his own energy that such good work and progress was made in his particular sector.' - 'London Gazette'- 17/12/1917 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • 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' 9" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      163 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Francis Coulam was the son of Samuel James and Mary Ann Coulam (nee McDonald). Born at New Plymouth, Taranaki. Served at Gallipoli and in Egypt, 1915-16, and on the Western Front, 1916-18.

    Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.
    Admitted to NZ General Hospital, Cairo, 2 September 1915 (enteritis); discharged to NZ Convalescent Depot, Alexandria, 15 October 1915; attached to NZ Advanced Base, Mustapha, 25 October 1915. Embarked Alexandria, 3 november 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 8 November 1915.
    Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

    Embarked Alexandria for France, 27 May 1916; rejoined unit, in the field, 11 July 1916.
    Wounded in action, 18 September 1916 (shell shock); admitted to No 1 NZ Field Ambulance, 20 September 1916; rejoined unit, 29 September 1916.
    Appointed Lance Corporal, 15 October 1916.

    Promoted Corporal, as from 1 January 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 15 June 1917; Sergeant, 8 July 1917.
    Awarded Military Medal for acts of gallantry in the field, 15 October 1917.
    Wounded in action (second occasion), 23 October 1917 (contusion), and admitted to No 2 NZ Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 44th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 18 General Hospital, Camiers, 26 October 1917; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 22 November 1917; attached to NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 25 November 1917.
    Admitted to No 20 General Hospital, Camiers, 20 December 1917 (scabies); transferred to NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 27 December 1917.
    Classified 'C' by NZEF Travelling Medical Board, 11-12 January 1917.
    Detached to England, 20 January 1918; marched out to NZ Discharge Depot, Torquay, 14 February 1918.
    Classified 'unfit' and placed on NZ Roll.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Glasgow on board 'Athenic', 1 April 1918; discharged, 11 July 1918 (no longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in action).
    Total war service: 3 years 150 days (of which 2 years 338 days were abroad)
    Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

    Auckland Infantry Batln/Fifth AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
    Influenza (as per my Grandfathers diary D#3 - P81 - 17 Jan 1919) Public - Steven - Researcher - 3 July 2018 - Family Diary
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Prot. Soldiers Area A, Row 1, Grave 8. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Roll of Honour. (1923). Wellington, N.Z.: Ministry of Defence. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 153 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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