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Matthew CALDWELL

Regimental number321
Date of birth6 September 1892
Place of birthTorbanlea, Queensland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Caldwell, Burrum, Queensland
Enlistment date13 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 13, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the offensive east of HAMEL on the morning of the 8th August, 1918, this soldier had charge of a gun team. He showed great skill in the way in which he pushed his gun forward giving mutual support to the Infantry. When the 4th Australian Division passed through he rushed his gun forward, using overhead fire. He showed great skill in the use of ground and engaging targets. Throughout the whole operation his initiative undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades. He set a fine example of courage and endurance to all in this vicinity.'
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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