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COYLE, John Francis MM & Bar Croix de Guerre (Belgian)

John Francis Coyle

John Francis Coyle

John Francis Coyle MM Croix de Guerre

 

 

Lieutenant John Francis Coyle

2355, Lieutenant John Francis Coyle MM & Bar  Croix de Guerre (Belgian)

13th Battalion AIF

45th Battalion AIF

4th Machine Gun Battalion AIF

12th Machine Gun Company AIF

Awarded Military Medal – 27th November, 1918

‘In the operations against the HINDENBURG LINE, East of LE VERGUIER, on 18th September 1918, this N.C.O. displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On arrival at the objective he showed great courage, ability, and initiative in the effective placing of his guns, and later under heavy shell fire personally reconnoitered both flanks which he effectively covered. By his untiring energy, and exhibition of coolness under heavy fire, he set a brilliant example to his men.’

Awarded Croix de Guerre (Belgium) – 27th November, 1918

Awarded Bar to Military Medal – 10th October, 1919

Pic 1 – John Francis Coyle believed to be taken at the time of enlistment in May/June 1915 (7th Reinforcements to 13th Battalion)

Pic 2 –  John Francis Coyle believed to be taken Sydney 1919

Pic 3 – Below names start from back row to front row, left to right. John Francis Coyle, seated second row from the front, far right

Pic 4 – John Francis Coyle far left marked by a cross

As listed on the back of the photo they were the “Remnants of 7th/13th Reins –
Tom McKinley (Lte Thomas John McKinley 2420) – TOS 45th Battalion in France
Ted Cullen (Edward Arthur Cullen 2357) – TOS 45th Battalion in France
Scottie Mcleod (Murdo Macleod 2421) – TOS 45th Battalion in France
Roy George (Roy Wesley George 2520) – TOS 45th Battalion in France – KIA 05/04/1918
Jimmie Bradford (James Bradford 2337) – TOS 45th Battalion in France
Henry Manuel (Henry John Manuel 2410) – TOS 45th Battalion in France
George Cruickshank 2356 – TOS 45th Battalion in France
Jack Coyle (John Francis Coyle 2335) – TOS 12th Machine Gun Company
Victor Beck 2331 – TOS 45th Battalion in France
Johnnie Walker (Robert Allan Walker 2452) – TOS 45th Battalion in France
Allan Halgren 2385 – TOS 45th Battalion in France

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ADFA Database

National Archives – Service Record

Further Reading – 13th Battalion

Further Reading – 45th Battalion

Picture Source – Jock O’Keefe

 
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