COUGHLAN, WALTER FRANCIS

Birthdate
Birthplace
Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada
Age
35
Parents
Son of Peter and Elizabeth Maher Coughlan of St John, New Brunswick, Canada
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Labourer
Service number
A/37840
Engagement
1940-10-14, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Disembarked
1944-07-03, France
Date of death
1945-01-04
Died
Belgium, Died natural causes
Force
Rank
Awards
Highland Light Infantry of Canada, R.C.I.C.
Plot 10 | Row G | Grave 1
Military grave
Additional info

Was in Perth Regiment N.P.A.M. Enlisted October 14, 1940 with H.L.I. of C. and was given 21 days Field Punishment. Went to 3 CDIRU. Was employed on Regimental Police and general duty. Went back to field but could not get along. Received 3 detentions and 4 Field Punishments-- stil owes money. About March 1943 he was sent to 3rd Pioneer Company and employed at mixing cement. He liked this work and had only two small offences during the past year. Sent to 2 CIRU from hospital.

Height 5'11". Weight 157 lbs. He had been in hospital for broken shoulder, stomach trouble and broken bone in hand. Says he will not soldier here or anywhere else. Would like to get back to Pioneer Coy. Says he doesn't care how much punishments he can get. Wishes he had never married because his wife is a good woman and hold him down. Appears to be hiding something in his past civil life which he does not want to reveal. Quarrel with C.S.M. was over remark, "You are better fed in Army than you ever were in civil life." Takes attitude, whole world is against him. Might be a useful man in Canadian Forestry Corps or Royal Canadian Engineers, Construction Company.

Overseas on July 21, 1941.

Reported missing on July 30, 1944. Later cancelled.

Wounded on November 27, 1944. Bomb fragment (Mortar) left hand fractured.

Died from natural causes, cerebral thrombosis.