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Henry Caley


14th Infantry Battalion

Killed In Action (KIA) Killed In Action

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus procera
  • Planted By: Miss D. Webb
  • Plaque: 632

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Henry Caley (SN 2121) from Walker Street, Ballarat North, was educated at Black Hill State School. He was a 20-year-old labourer when he enlisted on April 16th 1915. On June 17th he embarked for overseas service, reaching Suez a month later. His mother, Blanche, received a card from him dated August 5th, in which he advised he was approaching Gallipoli as a reinforcement for the 14th Battalion. She subsequently learned that he was listed as absent without leave, in Egypt, from July 30th 1915, and it appeared he had abandoned his mates and avoided service at Gallipoli. Blanche heard nothing further from him and was emotionally torn between the belief that Henry was a shirker, and the thought he was still alive and might make contact with her. In February 1919, after the war, Henry was officially deemed to be an illegal absentee and was dishonourably discharged from the AIF. In late 1921 a formal enquiry was undertaken, and evidence was taken from several men who had been with Henry in Egypt. Three of the witnesses reported having spoken with Henry Caley on Gallipoli on August 6th, and further evidence revealed that the 14th Battalion ‘had the misfortune to lose all its records covering the first few months of the campaign’. The Enquiry concluded that Caley was with his battalion at Gallipoli on August 6th, and in January 1922, more than six years after receiving Henry’s card, Blanche was formally advised he ‘has now been adjudged to have been killed in action on 6-7/8/1915’. His name was added as an addendum to the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. He is also remembered on the honour board of the Black Hill State School.

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour