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Norman Arthur HALE

Regimental number702
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolState Schools, North Carlton, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationInstrument maker
Address146 Stanley Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Hale, 146 Stanley Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Senior Cadets, Area 64A.
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death21
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No 9), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Annie HALE, 146 Stanley Street, West Melbourne
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Aexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Reported missing, 21July 1916.

Note on Form B103: 'German list received by Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, Australian Branch, BRCS. Identification marks found on the Prisoner of War, are inspected by the General War Bureau and shown in the list as under DEAD.'

Note on Form B103: 'Identity Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that Soldier was deceased. May now be reported "KILLED IN ACTION" 20/7/16.'

Red Cross File No 1240410 has statement from 1087 Pte T.G. PERHAM (patient, No 2 Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport), 10 November 1916: 'On the night of July 19th he went over the top with me in the 1st wave at Fromelles. He was slightly wounded. We bandaged him up and he went on with us. We stopped at the first German line where we bombed the dug-outs and had a feed together. I then took some prisoners back and missed him when we came out of the dug-outs and don't know where he went. I afterwards went forwards and joined the others till we withdrew from the German lines.'

Note on file: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Note on file: 'Disc received from Germany and forwarded to Next of kin 20.6.17.'

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

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HALE Norman Arthur
Red Cross file 1240410

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