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Norman Wilfred SYMONS

Regimental number2991
Place of birthKadina, South Australia
AddressKadina, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 7.5"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Symons, Grave Street, Kadina, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Citizen Military Forces, Area 81B.
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Australian Division Base Depot Headquarters
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date31 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 11 April 1916; disembarked Egypt (date not recorded).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Appointed Acting Corporal, 8 December 1916; reverted to Private, 10 April 1917.

Transferred to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, to complete establishement, 11 April 1917.

Appointed Corporal, 11 April 1917; Sergeant, 11 April 1917.

On leave to England, 15 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 30 August 1917.

Classified 'PB'.

Transferred to Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Havre, 15 December 1917, and reverted to Private.

Promoted ER [Extra Regimental] Sergeant, 15 December 1917.

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Havre, 8 January 1918 (ulcerative tonsilitis); rejoined Australian Intermediate Base Depot, 16 January 1918.

On leave to England, 28 July 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 15 August 1918.

Proceeded to England, 6 December 1918; marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 7 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Orontes', 20 December 1918 (invalid: effort syndrome); disembarked Melbourne, 30 January 1919, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 31 March 1919.

War service: 3 years 67 days (of which 2 years 309 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 June 1923
SourcesNAA: B2455, SYMONS Norman Wilfred

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