The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Caldwell
First Name:
Maurice William
Nick Name:
Morrie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10365
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
18.12.1940
Discharged:
10.01.1946
DOB:
7.01.1906
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Maurice William Caldwell
Mothers's Name:
Mary Ann Gordon Caldwell (nee Palmer)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Hairdresser
Java:
'Blackforce', attached to 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Camps Java:
Bandoeng, Soekamiskin Prison, Tjimahi Camp No. 4
Return Details 1945:
Not Known

General Description

Soldier was listed as missing in action.  He had been sent to Bandoeng by Captain Albrecht to collect supplies but collapsed with dengue fever and admitted to hospital by the Dutch and became separated from his unit.  He was captured by Japanese on 15/4/1942.

Read about ‘Blackforce’ and Java.

Maurice William Caldwell (Right) with brother Arnold and Mother, Mary Ann
Maurice William Caldwell (Right) with brother Arnold and Mother, Mary Ann

 

Morrie Caldwell & Ken Lessels Adelaide 1941
Morrie Caldwell & Ken Lessels Adelaide 1941

 

Morrie was the eldest of a large family.  In 1928 the Caldwell familty was residing in East Fremantle when  his younger brother Lyle, aged 15 was killed whilst cycling in High Street, Fremantle when he collided with a truck.  Maurice William (Snr) and Mary Caldwell and their children Morrie, George, Alick, Arnold, Maisie and Olive were plunged into grief.  The Caldwell family relocated to live in Victoria Park.

Tragedy was again to strike the Caldwell family when in 1937, Maisie aged 18 years died of illness in hospital. She had been 9 years old when her brother Lyle died in the cycle accident.

Morrie married 1932. He and his wife Mary lived in Northam where Morrie worked as a hairdresser.  Their son Kevin Alexander Caldwell was born in 1937.  In 1943, Kevin was killed when he was hit by a goods train in Northam.  He was 6 years old.

Morrie returned to Western Australia to learn the death of his precious son in 1943.  His mother had died in 1942.

He and his wife divorced in 1946.  Morrie remarried Olive Myrtle Marshall and they resided in Belmont through the years of 1949 to after 1958 before moving to live in North Beach.

(It is believed Maurice Caldwell went back into the Army in in mid 50’s.)

Maurice Caldwell died 7 July 1978 Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.  He was cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery.  He was 72 years old.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Bandoeng - Java ***
  • Soekamiskin Prison - Java ***
  • Tjimahi, Cimahi- Java ***
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