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John Bricknell CALDER

Place of birthGlenelg, South Australia
ReligionNo religion
OccupationSurveyor
AddressRose Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Calder, Watson Avenue, Rose Park, South Australia
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name32nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Order of Crown of Italy - Cavalice


Recommendation date: 5 February 1993

Croix de Guerre


Recommendation date: 19 January 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 7 March 1917

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 12 June 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He, with his company, dug 500 yards of communication trench beyond the outpost line, carrying out the work after dark under continual machine-gun and rifle fire. Throughout the night he personally handled his man with the greatest courage and determination, completing the work on the following night under increased difficulties owing to intense shelling. He has on this and on all other occasions set a fine example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: [2576] Lt William Cormack CALDER MC, 4th Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 1 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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