Norman CHEETHAM

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CHEETHAM, Norman

Service Numbers: 1234, 1234A
Enlisted: 6 July 1915
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 4th Divisional Signal Company
Born: Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Merredin, Merredin, Western Australia
Schooling: State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 31 July 1917
Cemetery: Bus House Cemetery
Row F, Grave No. 9
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, East Geelong War Memorial, Moolap Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

6 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, 10th Light Horse Regiment
1 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1234, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Third Ypres
1 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1234, 10th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Hororata, Fremantle
1 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 4th Division Artillery , Egypt
1 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 24th Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, France
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1234, 24th Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, Battle for Pozières
25 Jan 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Driver, 11th Field Artillery Brigade , Given new SN 1234A
21 Apr 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Sapper, 4th Divisional Signal Company
31 Jul 1917: Involvement Sapper, SN 1234A, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Pte Cheetham, a farmer from Merredin, WA enlisted in the 10th LHR at Blackboy Hill, near Perth, WA.

Under-age at 19, he requested his parents' permission which was given by telegram: "Dear Norman Father Mother give consent to enlist we commit you into God's care".

He saw service with the 3rd LHR in Egypt before transfering to the 24th Howitzer Brigade, and later the 11th Field Artillery Brigade as a driver. In May 1917 he was re-mustered as a sapper with the 4th Division Signal Company, Australian Engineers.

He was killed in action in Belgium, 31 July 1917.

Source: AWM

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