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Born in Port Melbourne, Victoria and a Labourer by trade, Bertie Joseph Coffey was 29 years and single when enlisted on the 19th of April 1917 in the 29th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 4780. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 'Suevic' on the 21st of June 1917. Wounded in action on the 27th of August 1918 and admitted L of C Hospital ex F.M. Unit wounded; admitted to Hospital sick while on leave in UK on the 28th of October 1918. Discharged to repatriation No 20 on the 7th of December 1918. Admitted to 1st A.D.H. Bulford. Embarked return to Australia per 'Lancashire' on the 7th of February 1919. Disembarked on the 31st of March 1919 and Discharged from the 3rd Military District on the 30th of July 1919. Tree No. 2956