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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Caelli, Louis (4167)

Place of Birth: Nyora, VIC

Age: 22 years

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 4 August 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 4167            view online service record

333 Princes Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Mrs Annie Caelli (mother)
333 Princes Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 29 December 1915
Ship: HMAT Demosthenes A64
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion – 13th Reinforcements

KIA: Friday, 18 August 1916
Place: France

Lance Corporal, 5 Infantry, killed in action 18 August, 1916, aged 23, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Parents: Lawrence (Lorenzo) and Mary A. CAELLI, born Nyora, Gippsland, educated St Joseph’s RC, Port Melbourne, 75 Bay Street (restaurant). No known grave. He was a 22-year-old forge operator when he enlisted giving his father (born in Italy) at 333 Nott Street as next of kin, later noted as “not recognised” and replaced with his mother. 4 Murphy Street on return of circular.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 6, 2016 6.52 pm 0Likes

    “I was with him when he was killed at Pozieres on Aug. 18th. He was shot in the stomach while we digging a “hop-over” trench beyond our front line. This occurred about 5 a.m. He died about 8 a.m. He was still in the trench when he died. I know nothing as to the burial of the body. We had to leave his body when we were relieved. He belonged to No. 1 platoon, A. Coy” (Sgt.C.A.Power, 2435) (Other eyewitnesses confirmed Caelli was shot in the stomach and died on a stretcher while waiting to be taken to a Field Ambulance)

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted July 29, 2017 2.15 pm 0Likes

    CAELLI – Killed in action in France on the 18th August, after 12 months service and on the eve of his 23rd birthday, Lance-Corporal Caelli, dearly beloved eldest son of L. and M. Caelli of 333 Princes-street, Port Melbourne, much loved brother of Kathaleen (Mrs O’Connor), Eileen, Vincent, Keith, Stanley

    Inserted by his sorrowing parents sisters and brothers (also from his sorrowing sister and brother-in-law, 19 Bay-street, Port Melbourne)

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