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John Richard NORRISH

Regimental number7790
Place of birthKatanning, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBroom Hill, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 11.75"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Esther Maud Norrish, 546 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 February 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 February 1917
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 26th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 1 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'This regimental stretcher bearer is brought to notice for his gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against VAIRE and HAMEL WOOD E. of CORBIE on the morning of the 4th July, 1918. He went over with the attacking waves of Infantry, and attended to many wounded men under machine gun and shell fire with a total disregard for his own personal safety. He subsequently made many carries, involving penetration through enemy barrage and machine gun sniping for the purpose of evacuating wounded men from VAIRE AND HAMEL WOODS and in front thereof, back to Regimental Aid Post. He is strongly recommended for distinction.'

FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date16 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of Exeter', 12 July 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 16 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 16 September 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, NORRISH John Richard

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