Caelli, Louis (4167)

Place of Birth: Nyora, VIC

Age: 22 years

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 4 August 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 4167            view online service record

333 Princes Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mrs Annie Caelli (mother)
333 Princes Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 29 December 1915
Ship: HMAT Demosthenes A64
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion – 13th Reinforcements

KIA: Friday, 18 August 1916
Place: France

Lance Corporal, 5 Infantry, killed in action 18 August, 1916, aged 23, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Parents: Lawrence (Lorenzo) and Mary A. CAELLI, born Nyora, Gippsland, educated St Joseph’s RC, Port Melbourne, 75 Bay Street (restaurant). No known grave. He was a 22-year-old forge operator when he enlisted giving his father (born in Italy) at 333 Nott Street as next of kin, later noted as “not recognised” and replaced with his mother. 4 Murphy Street on return of circular.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  1. Brian Membrey says:

    “I was with him when he was killed at Pozieres on Aug. 18th. He was shot in the stomach while we digging a “hop-over” trench beyond our front line. This occurred about 5 a.m. He died about 8 a.m. He was still in the trench when he died. I know nothing as to the burial of the body. We had to leave his body when we were relieved. He belonged to No. 1 platoon, A. Coy” (Sgt.C.A.Power, 2435) (Other eyewitnesses confirmed Caelli was shot in the stomach and died on a stretcher while waiting to be taken to a Field Ambulance)

  2. Brian Membrey says:

    CAELLI – Killed in action in France on the 18th August, after 12 months service and on the eve of his 23rd birthday, Lance-Corporal Caelli, dearly beloved eldest son of L. and M. Caelli of 333 Princes-street, Port Melbourne, much loved brother of Kathaleen (Mrs O’Connor), Eileen, Vincent, Keith, Stanley

    Inserted by his sorrowing parents sisters and brothers (also from his sorrowing sister and brother-in-law, 19 Bay-street, Port Melbourne)

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