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Norman Frederick RIDGWAY

Regimental number55
Date of birth9 June 1887
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
Address164 Pakington Street, Geelong West, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinJohn Ridgway, Kilcunda, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name7th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 September 1918
Discharge date25 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

First page of Form B103 missing from file: no details of service at Gallipoli.

Transferred to 12th Brigade Headquarters, 17 February 1916; to 15th Brigade Machine Gun Company, 18 March 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 24 June 1916.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, in the field, 9 August 1916.

Detached to Divisional Gas School, 6 September 1916; rejoined unit from detachment, 10 September 1916.

On leave, 7 October 1916; rejoined unit from leave, 19 October 1916.

On Command to School of Instruction, 25 November 1916; rejoined unit, 16 December 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 14 February 1917.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 16 March 1917 (dental treatment); rejoined unit, 26 March 1917.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 7 April 1917 (tonsillitis: slight), and transferred same day to 9th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 23, 8 April 1917, and admitted to Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 9 April 1917. Transferred to England, 12 April 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 14 April 1917. Discharged to Perham Downs, 8 May 1917; marched into No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 12 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 June 1917; rejoined 15th Machine Gun Company, in the field, 19 June 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 5 January 1918.

Seconded for duty with Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, on expiration of leave, 20 January 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Arawa', 14 September 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 17 November 1918 (neurasthenia and debility); appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 25 March 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFamily name incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as RIDGEWAY.
Date of death9 April 1973
Age at death85
Place of burialYea Lawn Cemetery, Victoria

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