Background : Son of Joseph and Ellen Coatsworth, of Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia.
Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. No previous military experience. At discharge : height 5 feet 10 inches, grey eyes, medium complexion, dark brown hair. Marital status : single. Marks / scars : scar on head. Medical : Tuberculosis 100% disability (Repat case) Full time war service : A.I.F. 28/05/1940 to 08/11/1946 which included 2356 days active service (380 days within Australia & 1363 days overseas). Operational service : Middle East & Java area (embarked from Australia 07/04/1941 , disembarked in Australia 24/10/1945). War badge no. 343508. Discharge certificate no. 558403.
28/05/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
30/05/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
07/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
17/06/1941 Unofficially reported prisoner of war and transferred to X list.
18/07/1941 Rejoined unit and struck off X list (released prisoner of war).
10/01/1942 Appointed Lance Corporal.
31/01/1942 Embarked Middle East on S.S. Orcades.
18/02/1942 Disembarked Batavia, Java.
04/03/1942 Promoted to Corporal.
07/03/1942 Reported missing in action.
30/04/1942 Reported missing in action, Java and transferred to X list.
14/08/1942 Reported missing in action believed prisoner of war.
01/07/1943 To be paid Lance Corporal rate.
28/07/1943 Reported prisoner of war (Java).
15/08/1945 Granted proficiency pay.
05/10/1945 Embarked Singapore on hospital ship H.M.A.S. Manunda.
24/10/1945 Disembarked Melbourne, Victoria.
24/10/1945 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria.
29/01/1946 Evacuated from 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria to 106 Australian General Hospital with pulmonary tuberculosis.
29/01/1946 Admitted 106 Australian General Hospital.
19/07/1946 Admitted 115 Australian General Hospital, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Victoria with pulmonary tuberculosis.