Albert John COBURN
Born: 9 October, 1899
Parents: Frederick Strain Coburn
Florence Annie May Marriner
Died: 2 September, 1974
Place of death: Kew, Victoria
Burial place: Springvale Botanical Crematorium, Plaque in Banksia, Wall Niche Single, Wall H Niche 687
Awards and Honours
- British War Medal 1914-20
- Victory Medal
2nd General (Victorian) Reinforcements, 22nd Battalion
Regimental Service Number: 51334
Enlistment date: 13 February, 1918 Footscray
Age at enlistment: 18 years and 4 months
Address at enlistment: Post Office, Melton, Victoria
Religion: Church of England
Marital Status: Single
Next of kin: Father: F S Coburn, Post Office, Melton, Victoria
Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Weight: 126 pounds
Distinctive marks: Vaccination on Left arm.
Embarkation ship: HMAT A14Euripides.
Return Date: 2 August, 1919
Return Vessel: Argylshire.
Arrival at Australia: 22 September, 1919.
Discharge Date: 10 November, 1919
War Service Summary
30/05/1918 Admitted to ships hospital at sea; discharged 14/06/1918 Transhipped to H.M.S. Teutonic, New York
12/07/1918 Disembarked Liverpool
24/09/1918 To Havre
29/09/1918 Marched in to unit
06/01/1919 To hospital in the field, France; sick
10/05/1919 Classified as dangerously ill after being hospitalised several times with pleurisy.
26/05/1919 Transferred to England, still suffering from pleurisy
01/07/1919 Granted furlough
14/07/1919 Reported to duty from furlough
02/08/1919 Departed Liverpool for Australia
22/09/1919 Arrived in Australia
War Service Commemerated
Life After the War
Child, Jean Ellen Coburn died in infancy.
Seven other children including Francis Henry Coburn, born in Melton in 1925; joined the Australian Imperial Force, Service No VX141268 in 1943 (aged 18) and was killed in action on the 10 July, 1945 in Borneo.
Place/s of residence:
Hastings Road, Frankston
Albert joined up to fight in WWII on 01/09/1941 but was honourably discharged on 15/12/1941 as medically unfit because of a duodenal ulcer.
Date of death:
02/09/1974 - In Kew Reg. # 21607
Place of burial:
Springvale Botanical Crematorium, Plaque in Banksia, Wall Niche Single, Wall H Niche 687
Other relevant information:
World War 2 Service Number: VX 12921.
1940 - In Palestine and the Middle East
28/04/1941 Returned from overseas to Home Service
Brother: Pte Frederick Henry COBURN, 3273, 5th Division Salvage Company also served in World War 1.
Saturday 20 April 1918 p 2
Despite the threatening weather on Saturday evening last, the Melton Mechanics' hall was well filled with local and district residents, who assembled to tender a "Welcome home" to Privates Cameron, Morris, and McDonald, and at the same time to bid bon voyage and au revoir to Privates G. Burland, E. Mulrooney, and Albert Coburn. Rev. F. Stanley Love was M.C., and read apologies for unavoidable absence from Privates Percy and Joe Exell, W. Moore and E. Minns (returned men); also from Rev. Father Gleeson, Rev. Davis and Rev Williams. Vocal and instrumental harmony was contributed by Misses Riddell, Crone, Scotson, Mrs. Finch, Rev. Love, Messrs. Hansforth, Steinfort and Small. After the National Anthem, the chairman, in a spirited address, extended a welcome to the returned boys. He urged more local interest in the committee meetings and greater enthusiasm for our brave returned. Melton should not be behind other centres in doing honor to the men who had risked their lives in the great cause of freedom and humanity. - Mr. Bulman (Methodist Church) endorsed the chairman's sentiments and paid a tribute to the patriotism and bravery of the Australian boys. He hoped those who were about to sail would be spared to return. …