Cecil Leonard CALDECOTT


CALDECOTT, Cecil Leonard

Service Numbers: 3476, S213172, SX11596
Enlisted: 7 May 1940, Cheltenham, SA
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: General / Motor Transport Company/ies
Born: Mount Bryan East, South Australia, 26 May 1899
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Mount Bryan Public School
Occupation: Carpenter/Farmer
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Japan), Java, Java, Netherlands East Indies, 29 April 1942, aged 42 years
Cemetery: Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia
5 D 9, Jakarta War Cemetery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Lyndoch and District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3476, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Medic, Melbourne
16 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3476, 2nd Pioneer Battalion

World War 2 Service

7 May 1940: Involvement Private, SN S213172
7 May 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN S213172
7 May 1940: Enlisted Cheltenham, SA
2 Mar 1941: Discharged
3 Mar 1941: Enlisted Private, SN SX11596, Wayville, South Australia
3 Mar 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN SX11596
29 Apr 1942: Involvement Sergeant, SN SX11596, General / Motor Transport Company/ies, Prisoners of War
Date unknown: Involvement

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Wounded SN 3476, 46th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John Oswald and Susan Sophia Caldecott; husband of Olive Kathleen Caldecott, of Prospect, South Australia.

Sgt Cecil Leonard Caldecott of 55 Le Hunte Avenue Prospect aged 44, married with three sons. Son of Mr John and the late Mrs Caldecott of 61 Balmoral Road Port Pirie. Educated at Mt Bryan. In civil life was employed at farming and at his trade as a carpenter. Enlisted in March 1941 in 4th Reg M T  Coy AIF as Despatch Rider. Sailed for Singapore and was captured and became prisoner of war in Java.

He also fought in the Great World War and was wounded and gassed. His brother Pte Sydney Erle Caldecott died whilst on service in Australia in AIF.

Information supplied from The Personal Pictorial Honor Roll of South Australians who enlisted in the Second World War.

Sgt Caldecott died of illness while a POW on April 29 1942.