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Norman Whiteford FAIRLESS

Regimental number314
Place of birthNumurka, Victoria
AddressNumurkah, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.75"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Bate Fairless, Numurkah, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets; 2 years in the 15th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of enlistment.
Enlistment date31 July 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 10, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 19 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Discharge date4 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 19 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 November 1916; marched in to Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 23 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 March 1917, and taken on strength, 2nd Division Machine Gun Company.

On leave to United Kingdom, 12 June 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 29 June 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 19 February 1919, and appointed Acting Sergeant same day.

On leave to United Kingdom, 3 April 1919.

Granted leave from France, 5-19 April 1919; granted extension of leave, 21 April 1919; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 April 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 26 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Melbourne', 5 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 20 August 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 4 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 December 1959
Age at death64
Place of burialShepparton Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, FAIRLESS Norman Whiteford

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