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Norman C Donald BURGESS

Regimental number2957
Place of birthParkes New South Wales
AddressHazelbrook, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margarete Burgess, Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 22 August 1915

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "August 1915"

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On 14/5/1917 and 15/5/1917, while at forward R.A.P., near Bullecourt this N.C.O. kept together and organised his squads despite frequent casualties among them owing to the enemy's heavy and continuous H.E., gas and shrapnel shelling. His courage and personality made it possible for the evacuation of wounded, of whom there were great numbers, to be carried on steadily. This N.C.O. has at all times shown himself self-sacrificing in his devotion to duty and a splendid example of courage and endurance to his men under very trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

MM Bar

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, Croix de Guerre, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 August 1954

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