No. 13437, 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action on Thursday 27 April 1916 (aged 19)
No known grave
Loos Memorial, France (Panel 60)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque
Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum
Family grave headstone in Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery, Belfast
Samuel Coleman was born on 2 August 1897 at 37 Redcar Street, Belfast and he was a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Coleman (nee Bradley).
The Coleman family lived in Belfast, at 37 Redcar Street, at 73 Denmark Street, at 37 Burmah Street, at 4 Ava Street and at 3 Ormeau Road.
Samuel Coleman was a shopkeeper and commercial traveller and he and Elizabeth had at least four children:
Samuel (born 2 August 1897 at 37 Redcar Street, Belfast)
John Joseph (born 13 January 1899 at 73 Denmark Street, Belfast)
William (born 13 February 1901 at 37 Burmah Street, Belfast)
Florence (born 19 June 1903 at 4 Ava Street, Belfast)
At the outbreak of war Samuel Coleman enlisted in Belfast, joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and went to Gallipoli in July 1915. He was wounded in action and when he had recovered from his wounds he was posted to the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 49th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division.
Private Samuel Coleman (No. 13437) was killed in action on 27 April 1916. Newspaper reports about Samuel’s death refer to three different addresses in Bangor – 27 Crosbie Street, 104a Main Street and 10 Ballymagee Street.
Private Samuel Coleman (No. 13437) was 19 when he died, and he has no known grave.
Private Samuel Coleman (No. 13437) is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum, and on the family grave headstone in Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery, Belfast (date of death inscribed as 16 April 1916).
Private Coleman’s mother Elizabeth died on 29 April 1919 and his father Samuel died on 11 March 1923.