Commonwealth of Australia Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal : Quarter Master Sergeant T F Coleman, NSW Instructional Staff

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number OL00550.004
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Silver
Maker Royal Mint
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1903
Conflict Period 1900-1909

Commonwealth of Australia Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. The recipients rank, name, regiment and date of award are engraved on the edge. Obverse: The bust of Edward VII in Field Marshal's uniform facing left with the legend 'EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR' around the circumference. Reverse: In the centre 'FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT' on four lines and 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA' on the top circumference. The medal isfitted with a swivel scroll suspender and a piece of 32 mm maroon ribbon which has two dark green stripes down the centre.[5

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History / Summary

Thomas Fulton Coleman was born at Sofala, NSW, on 18 December 1863. He enlisted in the NSW Artillery on 29 January 1885 and allocated the regimental number 1199. His attestation papers state that he was a gardener by trade, aged 21, height 5 feet 9 1/4 inches with grey eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion and religion as Church of England. In the Sudan he served as a driver with the NSW Contingent and in the South African War as a Warrant Officer with the NSW Citizens Bushmen Contingent during 1900-1901. Upon his return to Australia he joined the Permanent NSW Instructional Staff as a Quarter Master Sergeant and was promoted in 1908 to Staff Regimental Sergeant Major with the same unit. Coleman qualified for the Colonial Long Service Medal on 3 January 1903 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal on 5 March 1910. On 1 April 1913 he was commissioned a Lieutenant (Adjutant) to the 43rd NSW Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to Captain (Adjutant) on 1 April 1918. He retired from military service as an Honorary Major in 1921. His brother William Hammond Coleman joined the NSW Artillery and also served in the Sudan and South African Wars. He joined the Instructional Staff on 1 October 1915 as a Lieutenant and was promoted Captain 1 January 1920.The ribbon on the medal is for the Colonial MSM and should have only a single blue stripe down the centre.