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Norman Sutherland McCOLL

Regimental number171
Place of birthBingara New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStation overseer
AddressBangheet, Bingara, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Adolphus S McColl, Bangheet, Bingara, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 22 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'Work on 8 and 9 October 1917.'
Recommendation date: 14 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of the 8th October, 1917, at BROODSEINDE RIDGE this man was one of the carrying party and during a very heavy bombardment attended to wounded, seeing them to places of safety. After the attack on the morning of the 9th October, 1917, he saw 2 wounded men in shell holes and under heavy machine gun and rifle fire he crawled out to them and prepared hot tea, dressed their wounds and made them comfortable. His cheerful disposition and gallant work inspired all those about him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3722 Pte Archibald Wallace McCOLL, 12th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 20 July 1919; Lt Lindsay Gordon McCOLL, returned to Australia, 29 May 1919; 179 Sergeant James Edward Bruce McCOLL, 12th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 1 August 1919.

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