Herbert William Coxhead

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Herbert William Coxhead
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Courtesy Rob Richings
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1893
Place of Birth Windsor, Berkshire, England
Death 8 Mar 1918, aged 24
Place of Death Beenup, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 10 Months
Description 5' 5¼" (1.66m) tall ; 109lbs
49.442 kg
; sallow complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Farm hand
Religion Church of England
Address c/- Post Office Beenup, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr. Charles Coxhead
Military Information
Reg Number 5079
Date of Enlistment 24 Jan 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 31 Mar 1916 ‒ 24 Apr 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A9 Shropshire
Date of Return 5 Jul 1916 ‒ 2 Aug 1916
Ship Returned On HMAT A63 Karoola
Fate Returned to Australia (medical)
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Beenup panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal

Pre War

War Service

Herbert entered camp on 24 Jan 1916 and was posted to the 46th Depot Company. Three weeks later he was allocated to the 16th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion and he completed his training at Blackboy Hill with them and travelled with them to Egypt aboard HMAT A9 Shropshire, departing Fremantle on 31 Mar 1916, before disembarking on 24 Apr 1916.

In Egypt Herbert undertook further training during which time he reported sick on 16 May 1916. Admitted to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Heliopolis on 20 May 1916, he was found to be suffering with Tuberculosis. Released on 25 May 1916 to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital which then placed him with a Convalescent Hospital to await a ship home.

On 5 Jul 1916 he was sent back to Australia from Suez for a medical discharge. Discharged by 5th Military District on 15 Apr 1917 - Tubercular disease. Herbert died on 8 Mar 1918.

Post War

"...developed lung trouble and was six months in the hospital in Cairo. Now an inmate of Menzies Hospital, Perth.[1]

Never recovered from his TB and died aged 25. Parents were Charles, (a gardener) and Hannah who lived on "Winkfield Farm" in Beenup. Herbert was buried in the Anglican section of Karrakatta Cemetery.


  1. "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 14. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia. 

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