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Frederick Thomas Coward was born in Ballarat and was a Plumber by trade when he enlisted in the Machine Gun Company 10, Reinforcement 8 on 27 November 1916 at the age of 32. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 14 February 1917. On November 26th he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to his right leg that required his evacuation to the Royal Victoria Hospital in England. In May 1918 he returned to France but on September 18th he was again wounded. He suffered a gunshot wound to his jaw and was again evacuated to England, this time to the Alexandra Hospital. For him the war was over and he returned to Australia on the Orca, disembarking at Melbourne on April 7th 1919.
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