Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Frederick Henry COBURN


Born: 1898

Birthplace: Melton

Parents: Frederick Strain Coburn
Florence Annie May Marriner

Died: 18 October, 1977

Place of death: Windsor, Victoria

Burial place: Fawkner Cemetery, Fawkner, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement; 5th Division, Salvage Company



Regimental Service Number: 3273

Enlistment date: 7 August, 1915 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 18 years 2 months

Address at enlistment: High Street, Melton

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: Frederick Strain Coburn

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Weight: 9 stones
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light Brown
Distinctive marks: Vaccinations, scar on left scull.

Embarkation ship: HMAT A71Nestor.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 15 January, 1919

Return Vessel: City of Exeter.

Arrival at Australia: 2 March, 1919.

Discharge Date: 24 April, 1919

War Service Summary

16/08/1915    E Company, 8th Depot Battalion, Flemington
11/10/1915    Embarked rom Adelaide, South Australia
26/02/1916    Joined 59th Battalion; Tel-el-Kebir ex Zeitoun
18/06/1916    Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Forces.
29/06/1916    Arrived in Marseilles; sent to Grenadier school of instruction
23/07/1916    Rejoined Unit from Grenadier school
27/08/1916    Sent to Engineers school of instruction in France
02/09/1916    Rejoined Unit from Engineers school
24/11/1916    Sent to Trench mortar school in the field
10/01/1917   Transferred to 5th Division Salvage Company
18/04/1917    Granted leave to England; overstayed by one day and forfeited 1 days pay.
13/11/1917    Hospitalised in France because of sickness; scabies
10/12/1917    Discharged from hospital
13/05/1918    Wounded in action Gassed (severe)
16/5/1918    Admitted to 6th General Hospital Rouen France
23/05/1918    Invalided to the UK, seriously ill and admitted to 2/1st General Hospital in Birmingham, England. There followed a number of admissions to hospital due to gas injuries until discharge
15/01/1919    Returned to Australia
24/04/1919    Discharge.

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
1920 - Married Florence Lewton; Reg. # 3901

Clifford Frederick (1924-26/04/1924

Place/s of residence:
24/04/1921 Post Office Calulu, Gippsland
1922 Urquhart St., Malmsbury
1924 Duke St., Castlemaine
1924 Merrigum
1925 Prince St., Rosedale
1928 Dennington, Warrnambool
1931 0 17 Jamieson St., Warnambool
1933 187 Raglan Pde., Warnambool (Florence : 55 Hider St., Warnambool)
1937 35 Henna St., Warnambool (Florence : 230 Liebig St., Warnambool)
1949 Royal Archer Hotel, Warnambool (Florence : 230 Liebig St., Warnambool)
1949 2 Bellarine St. Corio, Geelong
1963 122 Corio St., Corio, Geelong
1972 - 2 Bellarine St., Geelong
02/02/1970 2 Bellarine St., Geelong (Service Rec.)
1977 - 162 Corio St., Corio, Geelong

Farm labourer
1924-1937 Baker
1949 Service Car Proprietor
1949 Attendant
1963 - Machinist

Date of death:
18/10/1977 - Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria, Reg. # 24952

Place of burial:
20/10/1977 - Fawkner Cemetery

Other relevant information:

Brother: Pte Albert John COBURN, 51334, 22nd Battalion


Australian War Memorial Service Record