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Wilfred McCALLUM

Regimental number6648
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
Address21 Steward Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMrs Elizabeth McCallum, 21 Steward Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Field Ambulance, Section A
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
From Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish the embarkation details of individual officers and men: 6 officers and 156 others embarked on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' from Melbourne on 10 November 1915; 1 officer and 50 others embarked on HMAT A58 'Kabringa' from Melbourne on 8 November 1915; 1 officer and 16 others embarked on HMAT A2 'Geelong' from Adelaide on 12 November 1915; 1 officer and 4 others embarked on HMAT A13 'Katuna' from Adelaide on 9 November 1915; and
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Australian General Hospital
FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919

Military Medal

'Gallant conduct and devotion to duty during recent action near Polygon Wood. For 3 days while in charge of 4 Squads of the 8th Field Ambulance as Tank Gun Positions. He then helped carry through a position being heavily shelled. Later when relieved he dressed the wounded and on all occasions worked continuously for 72 hours without sleep. After the advance he again went to the forward area and did excellent work under very heavy fire - Later when a shell in his vicinity exploded and killed two men he carried on his work in a most gallant manner. The Section Sergeant was evacuated wounded early in the action and this N.C.O. thus acted as Section Sergeant the remainder of the action. On several previous occasions this N.C.O. has done excellent and gallant work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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