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Norman Charles ALDRIDGE

Date of birth26 September 1892
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOakthorp, Glenroy Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height6' 0.25"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinFather, C E Aldridge, Oakthorp, Glenroy Road, Hawthorn, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name14th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion


Unit: 14th Battalion
Promotion date: 18 April 1917

Temporary CAPT

Unit: 14th Battalion
Promotion date: 5 November 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 2 March 1917

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 8 April 1918

Bar to Military Cross

Recommendation date: 25 September 1918


Recommendation date: February 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 19 August 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He commanded his company through many days' fighting with skilll and determination, frequently making ground, and inflicting losses by skilful reconnaissance and rapid bombing attacks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Bar to Military Cross

'Near Ascension Wood, on 18th September 1918, he led his company with great courage and dash throughout the operation. He organized his company into two parties and bombed along for 1,800 yards of enemy trench taking many machine guns and accounting for at least 35 of the enemy. He then with one man carried out a daring patrol over the tops of the trenches and established connection with the battalion on his right.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Discharge date3 December 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board Ht 'Suevic', 19 August 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 3 December 1919.

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II as V36013 Captain, Militia Bn, AMF, from 18 March 1942.

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