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Norman Charles FRICKER

Regimental number1704
Place of birthCoghill's Creek, near Ballarat, Victoria
SchoolMiddle Park and St Kilda State Schools, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 8.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinJohn George Fricker, 57 McGregor Street, Middle Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets (3 years); subsequently as Lt , 51st Infantry, Albert Park.
Enlistment date18 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 August 1916
Place of death or woundingMouquet Farm, Pozieres, France
Age at death19.8
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
93
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John George and Annie Louisa FRICKER, 7 Hartington Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 39640 Gunner Harold Thompson FRICKER, 11th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 19 August 1919; 11736 Corporal Arthur Standen FRICKER, Australian Corps, Field Artillery Headquarters, returned to Australia, 9 December 1919; 11737 Pte Leslie Raymond FRICKER, 3rd Division Supply Column, returned to Australia, 21 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Rejoined unit at Gallipoli from hospital, 25 October 1915 (no further details recorded on personal file).

Promoted Provisional Corporal, 26 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 19 July 1916.

Reported Missing in Action, 26 August 1916.

Court of Enquiry, 20 July 1917, determined fate as 'Killed in Action, 26 August 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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