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William NORTON

Regimental number1312
Place of birthParkside, South Australia
SchoolParkside State School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPrinter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W Norton, 146 Halifax Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed as a Colour Sergeant in the Cadets.
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name16th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He took great interest in the starting of the Cadets in Adelaide. His record book shows [the] year 30th June 1912 - 25.75 days drill; & year 1913 - 19 days drill." (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death19.10
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 51), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
80
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Katherine NORTON. Native of parkside, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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