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Albert Oliver NORMAN

Regimental number11
Place of birthBowral, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressGlenquarry via Bowral, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5.5"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinFather, Oliver Norman, Glenquarry via Bowral, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the 28th Australian Light Horse Regiment.
Enlistment date12 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name18th Battalion, Transport Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 16 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
86
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Glenquarry Cemetery, New South Wales. Parents: Oliver and Margaret NORMAN, Glengarry, New South Wales. Native of Bowral, New South Wales
Other details

War service: rejoined unit, 10 Jan 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 December 1916; transferred to 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 16 December 1916; to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 23 December 1916; discharged to Base Details, 21 February 1917; rejoined Bn, 15 March 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 16 September 1917; died of wounds, 16 September 1917.

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

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