From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
- A meeting of the Committee formed to arrange for local soldiers send off, was held in the school on Wednesday evening, there being present- Messrs. John Bennett, W. Delahey, M. Condon, J. Cooper, W. Wells, J. Wightman, W. Cain, W. Allan, R. J. Alkemade (Hon. Sec.) and A. B. O'Hara (in the chair). Collections, amounting to £10/7/6 were handed in, and it was decided to present each of the soldiers who have gone to the front, and to those in camp, who enlisted from Coimadai, with a gold medal, suitably inscribed. A discussion was held on the advisability of holding the usual send-off social, and it was decided that, in view of the state of the Camps through meningitis, it would not be advisable to bring the soldiers together, even if it were possible. It was therefore decided to forward the medals to the men in Camp, and to the parents of those already at the Front. Mr. R. J. Alkemade and Mr. A. B. O'Hara were deputed to secure a suitable medal and inscription. The names of the soldiers already at the Front, and in Camp, from this district are -Wm. Clark, Percy Oswin, Alex. Driever (at the Front); James Johansen, James Bourke, Arch. Clark, David Coghlan, Bert Coghlan, William Bennett and Ted. Hales (in Camp). The sum of £7/10/ has been collected locally, by Miss Alice O'Hara, for the sick and wounded soldiers, and it is now proposed to hold an entertainment in aid of the Bacchus Marsh Red Cross Fund. It is hoped that the good work started locally will be continued, and heartily supported.
- COIMADAI News has been received of the death of Private James Johansen; of Coimadai, in No. 6 British Red Cross Hospital, from meningitis. He enlisted on 26th June, 1915, and embarked on 16th Nov, 1915. After serving some months in Egypt, he went to France, and was wounded in the thigh on 6th March 1916, at the Somme. After three months in hospital, he returned to the firing line and was again wounded in the head by shrapnel at Pozieres, on July 19th. On recovery he again returned to the trenches, and remained there till Feb., 1917, when he was taken to No. 26 General London hospital, suffering severely from trench feet. After five months' treatment (during which it was thought that operations would be necessary) he ultimately recovered, and spent a fortnight well-deserved rest in Scotland. He rejoined his Unit on 26th June, 1917, and had, been fighting up to the time of his death on 24th of last month. Pte. Johansen was a native of Coimadai, youngest son of the late Adolph and M. Johansen, who were old residents. He was a manly young fellow, and a type from which the best soldiers are made. His ardent desire while in training was to fit himself for the work before him, and his whole-souled wish to do his bit for his country was admired by all his friends here. His brother, John, is still fighting at the Front, while his elder brother, Wm., has on several occasions tried to enlist, but has been rejected each time. General regret was expressed on all sides when the news of his death was received, as "Jimmy's" return was looked forward to in anticipation of interesting stories and reminiscences of the Great War.
- DEATH. On Active Service. Johansen.-Died. of meningitis in No. 6 British Red Cross Hospital, on February 24, 1918 (previously twice wounded), James, beloved youngest son of the late Adolph and Margaret Johansen, of Coimadai, and brother of William and John Johansen (at the -Front), aged 25 years. He answered to his country's call, . And gave his best, his life, his all. May his soul rest in peace.
- ↑ Melton Express, 11 September 1915
- ↑ Bacchus Marsh Express, 9 March 1918.
- ↑ Bacchus Marsh Express, 09 March 1918.