James William ‘Jim’ Caldwell

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CALDWELL, James William ‘Jim'

Service no: 996 [1]

Place of birth: Orange, 22 July 1889

Address: Gowan Lea, Cargo Road, Orange

Occupation: Famer and grazier

Next of kin: Isabella Caldwell (mother), Gowan Lea, Cargo Road, Orange

Date of enlistment: 13 August 1915

Place of enlistment: Liverpool

Age at enlistment: 26

Fate: Embarked Argyllshire Sydney 30 September 1915. Hospitalised 14 June 1916 with a hernia. Returned to Australia July 1916 for hernia operation. Discharged 29 September 1916 due to medical unfitness.

Date of death: 27 November 1976

When James William ‘Jim’ Caldwell enlisted in August 1915 he left his property – Gowan Lea - in charge of his younger brothers John (‘Jack’) and William. Prior to embarking in September he and Ethel Amy Cantrill of Borenore announced their engagement.

A Trooper with 12th Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement, Jim was stationed in Egypt, but was invalided home in July 1916 requiring a hernia operation.

On 20 September 1917 Jim and Ethel married at the Church of England in Borenore. Jim went on to enlist in WWII.

When he enlisted in WWI the Leader described Jim as “a pure Orange boy, and very popular among his intimates”, claiming “the boys will miss Jim, and some of the girls will, too.”

Leader, 13 June 1919, p.4.

Borenore Soldiers Welcomed [2]

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