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Caleb James SHANG

Regimental number2504
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
AddressBabindal via Cairns, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Shang, Cairns, Queensland
Enlistment date5 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 19 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2504A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 15 June 1917

Bar to Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 6 May 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 December 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on numerous occasions. He acted as runner continuously for four days through barrages and fire swept areas, carrying water, food, and ammunition to the front line. He attacked enemy snipers in broad daylight and accounted for them. In addition to this, he constantly volunteered for dangerous patrols into enemy country where he gained valuable information as a scout, and also showed remarkable skill in improving lamp signals in a very dangerous position whence he could send information to Battalion Headquarters. His conduct showed a never failing example of fearlessness and resource and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Bar to DCM

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He volunteered for an O.P. at start of operations, and reaped a harvest with his rifle till his post was blown up. He then made several trips as runner through the enemy's barrage, and continued to carry ammunition until the withdrawal which he covered with a Lewis gun.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 04/02/1010

Military Medal

'At VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 1st May, 1918, he displayed remarkable bravery and initiative in making a daylight reconnaissance of the Sector under heavy Machine gun fire and snipers' activities and which proved of considerable value to us. He established an O.P. at which he was continually sniped at and succeeded in conveying back valuable information of enemy movement and directed our artillery fire on to the enemy formations causing them many casualties. He maintained this Post during tour in line without relief.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 5483 Pte Sidney Waugh SHANG, 12th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal & Bar, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 April 1953
Age at death68
Place of burialCairns Cemetery, Queensland

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