Alfred William Coleman, MM



Feb 12, 1893

Born at Canterbury England


Mar 11, 1915

Attested into the 33rd Battalion, 2nd Draft, at London Ontario 

Ø      Number 401577

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs G Coleman (mother) of Canterbury England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years with a Territorials Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Aug 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Hesperian at Montreal Quebec



Aug 28, 1915

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

On arrival in England, he was posted to the 9th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe


Nov 1, 1915

The 9th Reserve Battalion moved to the East Sandling Camp


Feb 3, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 15, 1916

Left CBD to join the Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the N & O front line trenches and it is most likely that Pte Coleman joined the rear party at this time which would have consisted of the HQ Company and the Transport Section.  It seems that he was assigned to the Machine Gun Section


Feb 18, 1916

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) Machine Gun Section


Mar 12, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Brigade attachment


Sep 18, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Casselman who had been invalided to England


Dec 21, 1916         Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette No 29873


Apr 9, 1917

Received shrapnel wounds to face and left thigh.  He was treated at the RAP (Regimental Aid Post) then transferred to the Field Ambulance where clean dressings were applied and he was then transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to No 5 British Red Cross Hospital at Wimereux then invalided the same day to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 12, 1917

Transferred to the Clearing Hospital at Eastleigh


Apr 16, 1917

Transferred to No 1 Northern General Hospital at Newcastle on Tyne


May 12, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Uxbridge


Jun 29, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for Physical Training and therapy


Aug 30, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 15, 1917

Granted permission to marry


Jan 4, 1919

TOS EORD and posted to the Depot Company


Jan 14, 1919

On Command to 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Jan 29, 1919

Next of kin changed to read Mrs Fanny E Coleman (wife) of 16 Fairfield Rd, Buxton England


Feb 8, 1919

Embarked the SS Metagama at Liverpool


TOS No 1 DD (District Depot) London Ontario 

His wife and his 6 year old step-son, William J Coleman, embarked with him.  On embarkation, she claimed to have been born in Canada


Feb 16, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to London Ontario


Feb 20, 1919

Posted to the No 1 DD Casualty Company and granted leave with subsistence until March 5, 1919


Mar 13, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 245654

Ø      Rank on discharge L/Cpl

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 441 Dorinda St, London Ontario 

Some time after his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 100 Barker St, London Ontario 

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