Bruce Caldwell

First Name: 
Bruce
Last Name: 
Caldwell
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, October 21, 1894
Mother's Name: 
Alice Caldwell (nee Harrigan)
Father's Name: 
Cunningham Caldwell
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, February 28, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
53rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, September 24, 1917
Place of Death: 
Polygon Wood, Belguim
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Private Bruce Caldwell (Service No 2146) was born in Corrimal and attended Corrimal Public School. He served as a signaller in the 37th infantry CMF and was stilll serving with them on enlistment. He was a single 21 year old farmer. He embarked on HMAT A44 Vestalia on 11th July 1916 with 4th reinforcements 53rd battalion. Bruce was taken into B Company in France on 26th October 1916.On 3rd April 1917 he was wounded in action receiving a shrapnel wound to his leg and was taken to 15th Field Ambulance and then to hospital in England for treatment. He returned to his unit on 27th August 1917, and while engaged in the battle for Polygon Wood he was killed in Glencourse Wood. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

His brother Alan Caldwell (Service no. 2692) also served.

 

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