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Brendan Calcutt

Name on Board B Calcutt
Name on Service
Brendan  Calcutt
Enlistment Age 19
Occupation Time Keeper Railways, Echuca, Vic
Place of Birth Williamstown, Vic
Next of Kin Joseph and Lucinda Calcutt
Address 12 Victoria St, Williamstown, Vic
Marital Status S
Enlistment Date 7/04/1915
Service No. 2124
Enlistment Place Euchuca, Vic
Embarkation Place Melbourne
Embarkation Date 17/06/1915
Embarkation Ship HMAT Wandilla A62
Unit on Embarkation 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of Death 18/12/1916
Unit on Death 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
Rank on Death Private
Cause of Death Illness (Septicemia)
Place of Wounding/
Battle of Sari Bair. Died at Belemedek, Turkey while prisoner of war
Cemetery or Memorial North Gate War Cemetery, Baghdad, Iraq
Additional Information Brendan Calcutt attended Williamstown Primary School, Melbourne Grammar and Longerenong Agricultural College. Brendan Calcutt was a prisoner of war for sixteen months prior to his death.  At Gallipoli for less than a week, Brendan was reported missing on 08/08/1915, following the assault on Hill 971. In February 1916 the American Embassy reported that Brendan was being held as a prisoner of war in Bazanti, Taurus Mountains, Turkey, the camp from which prisoners were used to build the Bagdad Railway. Brendan's health deteriorated and his immune system was unable to fight a small infection when he accidentally pricked his finger.   He died of Septicaemia.  He was buried in his uniform at Belemedek, Turkey and buried at Hadji Kir Cemetery with a service conducted by Dr C EM Jones, the British doctor who had treated him. As the cemetery was removed in 1927 his body was exhumed and reinterred at North Gate War Cemetery, Baghdad, Iraq. Brother: Gerald Calcutt (474), killed in action 24 May 1915; Clare Calcutt (350) enlisted September 1914 in the 8th Light Horse Regiment.  Clare was invalided from Gallipoli and returned to Australia in July 1916.  Even though he was discharged as medically unfit, he attempted to re-enlist twice more during the war, in 1917 and 1918.
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