14 March 1896 at Marian via
Mackay, QLD, Australia.
David Emmet COYNE.
State School, Queensland.
Service and Enlistment Details
on 25 January
1916 at Rockhampton, QLD.
at Enlistment: ?.
Details: Embarked Overseas
May 1916 with 31st Battalion,
Reinforcements at Brisbane,
H.M.A.T. A49 "Seang Choon".
of Death: Died
of Wounds on
May 1918 while serving with 31st
Battalion at Vaire-Sous-Corbie,
France at the age of 22
British Cemetery, France, Portion II,
Row D, Grave No. 6.
Father, David Coyne, Marian, Mackay, QLD.
Panel 118, Australian War Memorial;
Coyne Street, South Mackay;
David Coyne was awarded the Albert Medal in Gold the only member of the A.I.F. to receive the award.
The Award citation reads:
"At Vaire-sous-Corbie at 9.30pm on the 15-5-18, Sergeant Coyne was in a platoon post in the support lines. Being doubtful of the quality of some Mills Grenades in the trench, he decided to test some by throwing one over the parapet. He did so but by some mischance or other the grenade fell back into the trench amongst a Lewis Gun team.
Coyne cried "go for your lives boys, the bomb is in the trench" and endeavoured to find the bomb in order to throw it out of the trench .
Owing to the darkness he could not put his hand on the bomb, which had rolled some little distance away. Realising the fate of his mates who had got clear of the trench, he threw himself on top of the bomb, which exploded, inflicting on him injuries from which he has since died. The last words to the men around him were "I laid on the bomb, I thought you didnt have time to get out". He undoubtedly sacrificed his life in orderto save those of his comrades around him. It was a splendid example of cold blooded bravery."