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William Edward NORRIS

Regimental number97
Place of birthGalway, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 6.75"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Jack Dowridge, Milton Road, Milton, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Irish Rifles Regiment, Brisbane.
Enlistment date17 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 November 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date24 February 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 13 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 September 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 1 October 1916; taken on strength, 15th Bn, 16 October 1916.

To hospital, 4 December 1916 (sick); admitted 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 10 December 1916 (influenza); transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 28 December 1916; to No 5 Convalescent Depot, Cayeaux, 4 January 1917; marched into No 4 Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 17 February 1917; rejoined unit, 25 February 1917.

To hospital, 22 June 1917 (sick); admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 30 June 1917 (pyrexia of uncertain origin); to Ambulance Train No 21, 3 July 1917; transferred to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, 5 July 1917; to 7th Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 24 July 1917; to 10th Convalescent Depot, 31 July 1917; to Convalescent Depot, Trouville, 7 August 1917; marched into No 4 Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 10 September 1917; rejoined unit, 23 September 1917.

Proceeded to United Kingdom on leave, 15 November 1917; rejoined unit, 2 December 1917.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 28 January 1918 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to 23rd Casualty Clearing Station, 23 February 1918; transferred to 4th General Hospital, France, 25 February 1918 (pyrexia of uncertain origin); embarked for England, 6 March 1918 (trench fever); admitted Brook War Hospital, Woolwich, England, 6 March 1918 (severe pyrexia of uncertain origin); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 March 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 5 April 1918.

Marched into Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 8 June 1918; to Group Clearing Hospital, Deverill, 14 June 1918; admitted to 1st Australia Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 20 June 1918 (sick); discharged, 28 June 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 29 June 1918.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 August 1918; taken on strength of permanent cadre, No 2 Command Depot, 3 September 1918.

To hospital, Weymouth, 26 September 1918 (sick); marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 October 1918; to hospital, Weymouth, 10 October 1918 (sick); marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 11 October 1918; to hospital, Weymouth, 29 October 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 1 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT ‘Somerset’, 4 December 1918; disembarked, Melbourne for Brisbane, 15 January 1919; discharged, 24 February 1919 (medically unfit, general debility, post-CS meningitis).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 September 1942

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