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Gordon Caulfield (1862-1922)

Colonel,17th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

Gordon Napier Caulfield was born in India in 1862. His father was Colonel Robert Caulfield, of the Indian Army. He moved to England when he was a child, living in Sussex with his aunt Christina Mainwaring (according to 1871 census).

During his long military career, he occupied different ranks and served in several battalions:
Second Lieutenant in 50th Foot, 22/1/1881.
Captain, 22/1/1892
Major, 22/1/1902
Lieutenant Colonel, 1/6/1904
Brevet Colonel, 11/6/1911
Temporary Lieutenant Colonel in 17th DLI, 19/11/1914; then in 2nd Training Reserve Battalion from 1/9/16 to 3/10/17.
Whilst forming 17th DLI, he was attached to 4th DLI from 9/11/13 to 10/11/1914.

Colonel Caulfield commanded 17th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in 1915 and was awarded Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his services.

Birth date: 1862-Jan-27

Death date: 1922-Mar-17

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (birth place)
39 Brunswick Street, Hove, Sussex (1871 census)
Calcutta, India (1912)
20 Pembroke-park, Dublin County
Baldoyle, Dublin County (death place 1922)

Organisation membership: 17th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

Family: Wife: Mildred (daughter of Philip O’Reilly from Weastmeath, Ireland), married the 21st of May 1902
Offspring: Irene Mildred
Father: Robert Caulfield
Mother: Caroline Henriette (daughter of William Magill)
Siblings: Francis William John, Charles Trevor, Alice Marion Caroline, George Robert Sanderson, Violet, Hilda Louisa Hamilton

Military service:

17th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

Medal(s): Distinguished Service Order
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Sheen | Durham at War Volunteer