Studio portrait 3347 Sergeant (Sgt) David Emmett Coyne, 31st Battalion. Sergeant Coyne died of ...

Unit 31st Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number P10224.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait 3347 Sergeant (Sgt) David Emmett Coyne, 31st Battalion. Sergeant Coyne died of wounds on 15 May 1918 after shielding his mates from a live hand grenade dropped amongst them in the dark. He was posthumously awarded the Albert Medal in Gold, the then highest valour award for bravery not in the face of the enemy. He was the only member of the AIF to be so honoured. The print is signed by Sgt Coyne and addressed to "Sgt Gould" who was probably 3189 Corporal Sydney George Gould, 31st Battalion, who was in the same reinforcement group as Sgt Coyne.

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