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7730   Sergeant Thomas Coleman M.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 88th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (British Army)
Died: 06/11/1917 (Killed in Action)
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Summary      
Thomas Coleman was born in Carnteel, County Tyrone. In 1914 he was living in Hamilton, Scotland and joined the Army at Holytown, Lanarkshire. His first regiment was the Gordon Highlanders. He then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps In May 1917 Coleman was mentioned in dispatches. In July 1917 Sergeant Coleman was awarded the Military Medal. On 6 November 1917 Sergeant Coleman was killed at Passchendaele in the attack on the Polderhoek Chateau. It is believed that Sergeant Coleman was killed in command of the machine gun that was destroyed.
Further Information
Thomas Coleman was born in Carnteel, County Tyrone.
In 1914 he was living in Hamilton, Scotland and joined the Army at Holytown, Lanarkshire.
Medal card
His first regiment was the Gordon Highlanders, and he was given the number S/5517. He then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and was given the number 7730. He landed in France on 9 July 1915 and joined the 95th Machine Gun Company. This was originally the 14th Machine Gun Company part of 32nd Division, but became 95th M.G.C. on 12 January 1916.
Medal card - Mentioned in Despatches
Medal card - Military Medal
Medal card - Mentioned in Despatches
In May 1917 Coleman was mentioned in despatches. In the 95th M.G.C. War Diary for 27 May 1917, notification was received that Sergeant Coleman had been awarded the Military Medal. His citation, written by Major E A Hodson, Commanding the 95 Machine Gun Company reads as follows
'Sgt Coleman showed great coolness and personal courage on April 22nd 24th under considerable shellfire and hostile activity while in the front line opposite La Coulotte ... in the quarry at ..., April 22nd-24th. Under considerable shell fire and hostile activity, after one attack at 4.45 am on April 23rd, he personally worked his guns & was responsible for obtaining many hits on enemy parties in Coulotte & trenches to W. & N.W. & also for the silencing of hostile machine guns & trench mortars. His conduct has been of the same courageous nature throughout the recent operations'.
On 6 November 1917 Sergeant Coleman was killed at Passchendaele in the attack on the Polderhoek Chateau. The 95th M.G.C. War Diary describes the events:
'The 1st D.C.L.I. with 2 Coy. 1st Devons carried out the attack. Two companies East Surreys in support & 3 companies 12th Glosters in reserve. The objective was the line .... the Chateau down to Reutelbeek about .... with L.G. posts in advance of this line in the vicinity of Chateau. Advance was covered by artillery and machine gun barrage. No 1 Section with 4 guns advanced behind D.C.L.I. The attack on his left side did not succeed owing to the heavy hostile machine gun fire. So two guns had to retire to the original starting point. The attack on the right was successful. The 1st Devons captured the mound on the right of Chateau. 1 gun got into position on this mound, the other gun was destroyed by shell fire when coming forward.'
On a Scottish mining website, Sergeant Coleman is listed on the Holytown War Memorial 1914-1919.
Sergeant Coleman M.M. is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery.
On 24th June 2009, Sergeant Coleman's Military Medal came up for auction at DNW and sold for 360.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Carnteel Aughnacloy Born in Carnteel 54.426321 -6.938066
References and Links
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1 DNW auctions Lot 1048 - 24/06/09 Thomas Coleman's Military Medal at auction. Sold for 360
2 FindAGrave.com Photo of Sergeant Thomas Coleman's grave
3 Holytown War Memorial Includes memorial photo and details of Thomas Coleman
4 Holytown, North Lanarkshire Thomas Coleman M.M. listed on the Memorial as being with the 10th Gordon Highlanders
5 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Thomas Coleman from 'Carntree'
6 London Gazette - 17/07/1917 Supplement: 30188 Page: 7277 - Military Medal
7 London Gazette - 25/05/1917 Supplement: 30093 Page: 5168 - Mentioned in Despatches
8 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here - MID
9 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here - MID
10 National Archives UK Mitiary Medal Card can be purchased here
11 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
12 Scottish Mining Website Thomas Coleman listed on Holytown War Memorial
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