Robert Douglas Caldwell

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First name: Robert

Middle name: Douglas

Last name: Caldwell

Personal information:

Robert Douglas Caldwell , a jackeroo of Burwood, Sydney enlisted 19 Feb. 1917 aged 19 and served with the 2nd Battalion, 25th Reinforcement. He embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board H.M.A.T. A20 Hororata, 14 June 1917 and returned to Australia Jan. 1919. Collection includes a few letters from Frank Grange and Frank Bailey: Frank Gordon Grange, a clerk of Newtown, Sydney embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A32 Themistocles, 12 May 1915 and served with the 17th Battalion, C Company. He was killed in action, 9 Oct. 1917 and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, altered to Military Medal. Frank Bailey, a law clerk of Armidale, New South Wales embarked from Sydney on board H.M.A.T. A20 Hororata, 14 June 1917 and served with the 2nd Battalion, 25th Reinforcement. He returned to Australia 27 Sept. 1918

Featured
Arthur John Moore Burrowes letters and postcards to his family, 26 January 1918-15 September 1919
'If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed'

Keeping the secrets of battles fought, won and lost, makes for very clinical correspondence from ‘over there’. Reading between the lines about the realities of life in the armed forces must have been very difficult for the recipients of such scant morsels of information. It isn’t exactly a wordy message but I am sure it would have been happily received back home with the first line kept intact. See postcard.

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