Norman Stanley PICKLES

Regimental number2004
Place of birthLeeds, England
SchoolHigh School, Leeds, England
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGeraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Clifford Pickles, 62 Churchill Avenue, Subiaco, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in H Company, 88th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date30 January 1915
Place of enlistmentGeraldton, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Machine Gun Company
FateKilled in Action 15 August 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Burmantofts (Beckett Street) Cemetery, Leeds, England. Parents: John and Lavinia PICKLES
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 11th Bn, Gallipoli, 16 June 1915.

Found guilty, 8 July 1915, of while on Active Service using insubordinate language to an NCO: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 4 September 1915 (pyrexia, unknown origin), and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station (debility); transferred to Mudros, 4 September 1915; to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, 9 September 1915; to England, 23 September 1915, and admitted to 3rd Western General Hospital, Cardiff, Wales, 5 October 1915.

Found guilty, 31 December 1915, of being absent without leave, 29-31 December 1915: awarded 72 hours' detention, and forfeited 3 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Embarked with No 22 Draft to rejoin MEF, 22 February 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 5 March 1916.

Transferred to 51st Bn, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.

Transferred to 13th Brigade Machine Gun Company, 28 July 1916; taken on strength, 29 July 1916.

Killed in action, 15 August 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PICKLES Norman Stanley