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William Edward CALLAGHAN

Regimental number3648
Place of birthDry Creek, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o P Callaghan, Grand Junction, Dry Creek, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinBrother, J A Callaghan, Islington, South Australia
Enlistment date19 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 7, Field Ambulance 7, Section B
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Clan Mcewan on 28 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Australian Motor Transport Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Menin Road from 3-10 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 16 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'Driver CALLAGHAN drove his car from BIRR X Roads to A.D.S. MENIN Road from 3rd October, 1917, to 8th October, 1917, with consistent courage and good judgement under shell fire that was at times severe. on 5th October, 1917, near A.D.S. MENIN Road a shell burst 3 yards in front of the car radiator which although it covered the car with mud and broke all glass work did not prevent CALLAGHAN from cooly carrying on his work. Later on night 9th/10th October, 1917, he drove his car from Ambulance loading post along the ROULERS Road to YPRES with marked precision and care while the road was being heavily bombed. His efficiency and courage have been marked throughout.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Date of death20 July 1945
Age at death55
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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