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Edmund James Joseph CALLANAN

Regimental number31468
Place of birthWindsor, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBarman
Address42 Clyde Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Callanan, 12 Lawson Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Enlistment date2 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameHowitzer Brigade 21, Reinforcement 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/131/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Work near Bernes on 15-16 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Near BERNES on the night of the 15th/16th September Bombardier CALLANAN was with a column of ammunition Wagons, when the column came under a sudden concentrated fire from 21 c.m. How[itzer]s. Two men and five horses were killed and several men and horses wounded. Bombardier CALLANAN showed most conspicuous gallantry in assisting 2/Lieut. HARRIS in straightening out the congestion. He disentangled teams several of which had go caught in the wire, rid themselves of their drivers and became unmanageable. He generally by coolness energy and splendid example assisted in restoring order. He again returned and assisted in bandaging wounded and carrying them to the Aid Post. His fearless example under heavy fire and in most trying circumstances was an inspiration to the others. bombardier CALLANAN's conduct on several previous occasions has been equally cool and courageous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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