Private James Coughlan only saw one day of combat — 25 April 1915 at Gallipoli — yet his war would continue at home for years, one of thousands whose quiet fates are often forgotten on Anzac Day. Hear the episode below or at iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcasts.
James Coughlan was born in 1889, grew up on a farm on the Omeo Plains in north-eastern Victoria, and was among the first men from his district to enlist in the AIF. After training at Broadmeadows, he sailed for the Middle East, arriving in Egypt in early February 1915. Just as in the film Gallipoli, James was thrilled by this exotic land and had no idea of the fate that awaited him on an obscure Turkish peninsula. For the story of James’s sister Bertha Coughlan — click here.