George Edward Calder, Kinlochroag

Last address in Lewis: Kinlochroag
Son of the late John and Ellen Calder.
Service unit: Seaforth Highlanders, attached Machine Gun Corps
Service number: 141137
Enlisted at Stornoway
Born in New South Wales
Date of death: 22 May 1918 at the age of 31
Died in hospital at Sunderland of wounds sustained in Flanders in March 1918
Interred: Valtos Cemetery, Northeast part.
Local memorial: Uig, Timsgarry

Stornoway Gazette, 28 June 1918
Pte George Calder, son of John Calder, Kinlochroag, died in hospital at Sunderland on 22nd May 1918. Pte Calder, who was in the Machine Gun Corps, was wounded in action on 22nd March, and seemed to have been making very favourable progress after being removed to England. In a letter received from the doctor it is stated that he was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe wound with fracture of the left arm, but his case was not considered dangerous. After operation, his wound gradually improved, but on 18 May he showed signs of oncoming pneumonia, and from the morning of the 21st, when he had a bad attack, his condition was grave. He was quite cheerful, and being asked if he would like his people sent for, he thought he would rather not bother them unnecessarily. Next day, the gallant lad died, the cause of death being septic pneumonia, arising from the septic condition of his wound. Expressing his regret that he cannot give more personal particulars, the doctor assures the relatives that the lad had every care and attention, and that his death was a matter of great regret to his nurses and medical officers alike. The remains were brought home to Valtos Cemetery.

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