Matthew Herbert Austin

First Name: 
Matthew
Middle Name: 
Herbert
Last Name: 
Austin
Mother's Name: 
Emily Austin Dyson
Father's Name: 
Thomas Coulson
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, December 29, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
35th Battalion
Company: 
C Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, October 12, 1917
Place of Death: 
Passchendaele Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Matthew Austin (Service No 707) was born in Clifton, NSW about 1892 and attended Helensburgh Public School. At the time of enlistment he was a married 23 year old labourer who enlisted in Newcastle. In 1914 he married Elizabeth Roberts and when he embarked he left her and a baby son behind. Matthew embarked on HM AT A 24 Benalla with C Company, 35th Battalion on 1st May 1916 and arrived in England on 9th July 1916.

After training in England he was sent to France on 21st November 1916. On 18th July 1917 he was admitted to hospital sick but returned to his unit on 30th July. He was again in hospital sick for a week in August. He was a company signaller and while fighting at Passchendaele he was killed in action. He is buried in Passchendaele New British Cemetery Plot XIII, Row F, Grave 5.

His file notes pension to be paid to his wife Elizabeth and son Donald. He also lists a pension to an ex-nuptial child Mary and names the mother.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, AUSTIN M H

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