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Hugh Bateman McCALLUM

Regimental number32298
Place of birthCreswick Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank teller
Address6 Auburn Grove, Armadale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Amy J McCallum, 6 Auburn Grove, Armadale, Victoria
Enlistment date5 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 8, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 14 December 1917
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Rosieres on 19 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 21 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 19th August 1918 the 42nd Battery - in action to the East of ROSIERES - was heavily shelled by 4.2s. and 5.9s. Several shells fell right on the position, wounded the Battery Commander (Major S.F. HODGENS, D.S.O.) ignited the camouflage and started a fire in a gun-pit. [3592 W.] Sergeant DEAN and two others [McCALLUM and 4293 D.G. PARRY], at great personal risk, remained at the position and carried the wounded Officer to a place of safety. This done, he immediately returned to assist in extinguishing the fire. This timely and brave action, probably saved the life of the Officer mentioned and prevented the guns and ammunition from being destroyed during a critical period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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