Alan Caldwell

First Name: 
Alan
Last Name: 
Caldwell
Mother's Name: 
Alice (nee Harrigan)
Father's Name: 
Cunningham Caldwell
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, August 11, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
39th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, May 24, 1972
Place of Death: 
Wollongong
Details: 

Private Alan Caldwell (Service no. 2692) was born in Corrimal circa 1898 and spent four years in the senior cadets. He was a single 19 year old clipper when enlisted.

Alan embarked on HMAT A24 Benalla on 9th November, 1916 with 5th Reinforcements 39th Battalion. He saw service on the Western Front, arriving in France on 2nd April, 1917.

On 7th June, 1917 Alan was determined unfit for action due to being gassed. Then on 4th October, 1917 he was wounded a second time, receiving a shrapnell wound to his left foot. This had him evacuated to hospital for treatment and returned to Australia in January 1918. He was discharged medically unfit on 19th April, 1918.

In 1919 he married Nellie Parsons at Hurstville. Alan Caldwell died at age 74 in Wollongong.

His brother Bruce Caldwell (Service no. 2146) was killed in action in 1917.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CALDWELL A

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