World War I

Tasman Pressland Cooley was born on the 1st December 1893 in Richmond, Tasmania to Thomas Charles Cooley and his second wife Augusta Annie Cooley.

Regimental number:    1023
Religion:    Roman Catholic
Occupation:    Tailor
Address:   Care of Mrs H Childers, 11 Lily Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital status:    Single
Age at embarkation:    22
Next of kin:    Mrs H Childers, 11 Lily Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date:    25 September 1914
Rank on enlistment:    Private
Unit name:    15th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number:    23/32/1
Embarkation details:    Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll:    Private
Unit from Nominal Roll:    15th Battalion
Fate:    Returned to Australia 20 October 1915

See photo in Military Gallery

Reference from The National Archives of Australia

Record Search database Series B2455 barcode 3403578

On page 8 of the 37 page document, Tasman's medical report shows he suffered shrapnel wounds to his right thigh on 20th May 1915 at Gaha Tepe Gallipoli. 1914-1915 Star The injuries were so bad that he was afterwards discharged as being permanently unfit.

Tasman was awarded three medals, 1914-1915 Star (shown at left), the War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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