Nicholas Kocaj


Nicholas Kocaj

Nicholas Kocaj (in white, back row) with his army mates
(Photographs courtesy of Sylvia J Geddes)

Born 18.12.1893

Place Tomaszow, Poland

Ethnic origin Polish

Religion Roman Catholic

Father Mareusz Kocaj

Family

Wife Gladys Winnifred Kocaj (née Wilshere), married 1919 at Bradford-on-Avon, England, children Phyllis (1920-1960), Joan May (b. 1922), James Nelson (1923-1945, WWII), Julia Nicola (b. 1925). After Nicholas' death his widow and children returned to England. Later his daughter Joan May and her family moved to Australia.*

Arrived at Australia
on 28.07.1910

Residence before enlistment Coffs Harbour, NSW

Occupation 1916, 1921 cook, 1923 poultry farmer*

Service
service number 2832
enlisted 15.08.1916
POE Sydney
unit 3rd Pioneer Battalion
rank Private
place Western Front, 1918-1919
final fate RTA 18.04.1920
discharged 28.01.1921

Naturalisation Served as Russian subject

Residence after the war Turramurra, Sydney

Died 14.06.1925, Sydney*

Materials

Digitised service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

Digitised alien registration (NAA)

*Information from granddaughter Sylvia J Geddes

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