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Robert Malcolm CALDER

Regimental number20156
Place of birthNew Plymouth, New Zealand
OccupationWireless operator
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Caroline Calder, 'Denbigh', Narellan, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the New Zealand Mounted Rifles for 1 year 10 months; discharged on account of sickness.
Enlistment date1 November 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameCavalry Divisional Signal Squadron 1, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 7 September 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Australian Wireless Signal Squadron
FateReturned to Australia 22 March 1919
Discharge date13 August 1919
Other details

War service: embarked Melbourne, 7 September 1917; disembarked Colombo, Ceylon, 18 September 1917; embarked 2 October 1917; disembarked Bombay, India, 10 October 1917; embarked 28 October 1917; disembarked Basrah, Mesopotamia, 2 November 1917.

Admitted to 16th Casualty Clearing Station, Baghdad, 12 December 1917; discharged from No 1 British General Hospital, Amara, 31 December 1917 (venereal sore). Admitted to hospital, 19 March 1918; discharged from No 1 British General Hospital, Amara, 6 April 1918 (venereal sore).

Taken on strength, 1st Australian Wireless Signal Squadron, 23 May 1918.

Appointed Driver as from 28 July 1918.

Embarked Basrah on board 'Northbrook' for passage to Australia, 26 February 1919; disembarked Bombay, 5 March 1919, and entrained for Calcutta.

Commenced return to Australia from Calcutta on board 'Janus', 22 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 19 May 1919, and proceeded by train to Sydney; discharged, 13 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CALDER Robert Malcolm

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