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William Cormack CALDER

Regimental number2576
ReligionNo religion
AddressRose Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Calder, Watson Avenue, Rose Park, South Australia
Enlistment date4 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
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
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Promotion date: 20 August 1918


Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Promotion date: 30 November 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 19 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919

Military Cross

'He was in charge of a party laying direction tapes and erecting signboards, south east of Le Vergieur, north west of St. Quentin, on 18th September 1918, and was responsible for establishing communications by this means between brigade and battalion headquarters. In spite of a heavy enemy barrage he succeeded in following the assaulting troops from objective to objective, arriving with his direction line within a few minutes of the establishment of battalion headquarters with only one man and his runner the remaining ten having become casualties. He showed great courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: Major John Bricknell CALDER MC, 4th Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia 15 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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