Caldwell, Robert Arthur (177)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 21 years 10 months

Enlistment Details: Friday, 4 September 1914 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 177 view online service record

Address:
Nanga Brook
via Dwellingup, WA

Next of Kin:
S Caldwell (father)
Nanga Brook
via Dwellingup, WA

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 22 December 1914
Ship: HMAT Ulysses A38
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion

Fate:
KIA: Sunday, 6 June 1915
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula


Cousins: Edward Richard Kilpatrick, Arthur Cyril Kilpatrick and Charles Harold Kilpatrick.

Private, 14 Infantry, killed in action, 6 June, 1916, Gallipoli, aged 23, commemorated Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.

Born Port Melbourne, educated Albany, WA, Nott Street SS? Caldwell enlisted as a 23-year-old labourer from Dwellinhup, Western Australia, also shown as his closest place of association. His father in WA was given as next of kin, but he appears to have returned to addresses in Mont Albert and Surry Hills after his son was killed. The circular returned by his father suggested Albany as his schooling, but his name also appeared on the Nott Street SS roll. Cousins 4237, Arthur Cyril KILPATRICK and 703, Edward Richard KILPATRICK killed in action, both from Port Melbourne.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

Comments

  1. Brian Membrey says:

    “No official report has been received, but no word has been received from the casualty since the landing in April. Sergeant H. Felstead, No. 1152, 14th Btn. (returned to Australia) states that he was with the casualty at the landing and about 10 minutes afterwards, he was missing, and has not been heard of since. The casualty was a Signaller and was one of four signallers sent out, of whom only two returned” (Australian Red Cross Information Bureau)

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