Thursday, September 29, 2016

Henry Cooley

badgeaifww1Serial Number and Rank:  4762, Private enlisted as Harry Cooley
Birth:  14 September 1882 Aboriginal Camp Ulladulla
Bap:  28 December 1882 St Peters and St Paul Milton
Parents:  Henry/Harry Cooley & Elizabeth Jane Licey (both Aboriginal)
Enlisted:  29 November 1915 Casula Age 24yrs 4 months which gives 1878 as year of birth.
Next of Kin:  F. Harry Cooley Batemans Bay.
Thomas Ulladulla is crossed out, Thomas was actually his grandfather or Uncle.
Henry was noted as ‘coloured’ on his enlistment papers.
Service:  First with the 4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement, in April 1916 transfered to 56th Battalion.
Milton War MemorialRTA 15 March 1919 aboard Ullysses. Medical discharge 16 May 1919.
Death:  16 April 1964
Marriage:  Sarah Brieley 1921 St Johns CE Moruya. Henry gave his age as 38 years (1883) born Milton, Mother Elizabeth Butler which is correct as her father (William Licey) died when she was a child and her Mother Jane Brown became Butler.
War Record:  Digital copy held by the Australian National Archives. Also a copy in held in Author’s Collection
Honour Rolls: Milton Town Memorial, Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll and Batemans Bay Town War memorial
Notes:  1945 Living at Port Kembla Wollongong
1955 Henry living at La Perouse Sydney and noted his Mother as living at Morley Point (Bawley Point) when he enlisted in 1915.
Henry was granted the Britain War medal and Victory Medal


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