Hugh (Hughie) CALLAN



Service Number: 5652
Enlisted: 14 January 1916, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ararat, Victoria, Australia, 26 December 1881
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: St Patrick's Christian Brothers College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed in action, France, 5 February 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Bancourt British Cemetery
Plot V, Row L, Grave No. 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5652, 14th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
4 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5652, 14th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln
22 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 14th Infantry Battalion, France
5 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 5652, 14th Infantry Battalion
4 May 1917: Involvement Private, SN 5652, 14th Infantry Battalion
4 May 1917: Embarked Private, SN 5652, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Philip Hughes Callan was an Australian rules footballer who played 35 games for Essendon (1903-05) and 36 games for South Melbourne (1907-10) in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Callan played in the ruck, and was noted for his "nimbleness of foot", "extreme courage", and "excellent palming of the ball".

"Educated at St. Patrick's College, Melbourne, the late Hughie Callan early gave promise of developing into a great player – a promise which was amply fulfilled. On the field he was quick, clever, and daring; a trifle reckless at times, yet always an opponent from whom danger was to be expected, as he was capable of doing exceptional things." – The Record, 10 March 1917.

Source: Fallen, The Ultimate Heroes, p.30-31