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Edwin Ernest CALF

Regimental number6616
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address137 Underwood Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs F E Calf, 137 Underwood Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At the South West of BELLICOURT during 29th and 30th September 1918, these stretcher bearers [CALF, 4462 F.C. SKILLER, 3209 A.A. McGOLDRICK, 6674 A.A. WALL, 518 E.J.S. WROTH, 4757 A.J.C. PARKER] displayed conspicuous bravery in carrying wounded across ground exposed to enemy observation and under heavy shell and machine gun fire. Each carry was across the Hindenburg System and owing to the rain making the ground slippery each trip took 3 hours to carry 1000 yards across wire, trenches etc. In spite of numerous casualties amongst the bearers, these men by their endurance, determination and example encouraged the other bearers and in an extraordinarily difficult situation, made the evacuation of wounded possible. Devotion to duty of these men is deserving of special reward.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

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