When James William ‘Jim’ Caldwell enlisted in August 1915 he left his property – Gowan Lea – in charge of his younger brothers John (‘Jack’) and William. Prior to embarking in September he and Ethel Amy Cantrill of Borenore announced their engagement.
A Trooper with 12th Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement, Jim was stationed in Egypt, but was invalided home in July 1916 requiring a hernia operation.
On 20 September 1917 Jim and Ethel married at the Church of England in Borenore. Jim went on to enlist in WWII.
When he enlisted in WWI the Leader described Jim as “a pure Orange boy, and very popular among his intimates”, claiming “the boys will miss Jim, and some of the girls will, too.”