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Norman Livingstone PAGE

Regimental number949
Place of birthHighgate, South Australia
SchoolHighgate Valley Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMurray Bridge, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 10"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Ann Page, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was seriously wounded in the .... on the day of the landing at Gallipoli and ... at the Battle of Pozieres in France. Thirteen pieces of shell ... his right side... [remainder unclear].
FateKilled in Action 8 October 1917
Place of death or woundingHellfire Corner, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death28.10
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Murray Bridge Cemetery, South Australia. Parents: Stephen (d. 24 July 1917, aged 66; bu. Murray Bridge Cemetery) and Elizabeth Ann PAGE (d. 17 November 1939, aged 82; bu. Murray Bridge Cemetery), Clara Street, Murray Bridge, South Australia. Native of Wattle Dale, Aldgate, South Australia
Family/military connectionsCousins: 2663 Pte William Joseph GRIGG, 10th Bn, killed in action, 23 August 1916; [479] 2nd Lt Cecil Sturt WILSON, 8th Light Horse Regiment, died of wounds, 11 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Wounded in action, 25-29 April 1915 (gun shot wound, ankle); admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 30 April 1915. Transferred to Convalescent Hospital, 7 June 1915; to Base Details, 8 June 1915. Rejoined unit, Serapeum, 17 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Wounded in action, France, 25 July 1916 (gun shot wound, back and shoulder); transferred to England, 29 July 1916, and admitted to The Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington, 30 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916; rejoined unit, 18 January 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 3 April 1917; promoted Corporal, 22 April 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 22 April 1917; Sergeant, 16 June 1917.

Reported Missing in Action, 8 October 1917; confirmed as Killed in Action by Court of Enquiry.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PAGE Norman Livingstone

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