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COULSON, Reginald Thomas
  Lieutenant (Royal Field Artillery)
  Survived the war
  Awards: Military Cross

20-Jan-1891 (SSHS)


Reginald Thomas Coulson was the son of the Reverend John Coulson, vicar of Holy Trinity, South Shields, and his wife, Kate Emily. His older brother, Allendale, also went to the High School.

His father died when Reginald was only 12.

On leaving school Reginald joined Barclays Bank in Sunderland as a Clerk, but in 1904 was also serving as a reservist with the 3rd Durham Royal Garrison Artillery as 2nd Lieutenant.

In about 1911 he emigrated to Australia, where he continued to work in banking.

When war broke out, he volunteered for the Australian Expeditionary Contingent, but there were no vacancies, so in May, 1915, he came back to England where he joined the Royal Field Artillery as Lieutenant.

While accompanying his Commanding Officer in a reconnaissance mission, they were both wounded by a bomb - a piece of shrapnel lodged behind his shoulder blade. For his conspicuous gallantry in sticking to his duty, providing valuable information over a period of five hours, he was awarded the Military Cross in October, 1916.

Reginald returned to Australia after the war, resuming his job as a Bank Clerk, and living in Melbourne.

He eventually became Assistant Secretary of the Royal Sydney Golf Club, in Rose Bay, Sydney, and the electoral rolls have him registered as living at the club.

He served the club for over 20 years, and died in Woolhara, a suburb of Sydney and very close to the Golf Club, on 15-Aug-1955

Known Addresses
1891: Holy Trinity Vicarage, Laygate Lane
c1897: 12 East View
1901: 12 East View
1919: 36 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne, Australia
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