Norman Cottam GADSDEN

GADSDEN, Norman Cottam

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 21 November 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Kooyong, Victoria, 10 February 1894
Home Town: Canterbury, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne's Scotch College
Occupation: Jute importer
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World War 1 Service

21 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Melbourne, Victoria
1 May 1917: Promoted Second Lieutenant, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
4 Aug 1917: Involvement Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Aug 1917: Embarked Second Lieutenant, Officer, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
28 Aug 1918: Promoted Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
26 Oct 1919: Discharged Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...Lieutenant Norman Cottam Gadsden... A jute importer from Canterbury, Victoria prior to enlistment, Gadsden enlisted with the Australian Flying Corps on 21 November 1916. He married Dorothy in July 1917, days prior to his embarkation from Melbourne aboard HMAT Themistocles (A32) on 4 August. Following training in England he was appointed Flying Officer on 28 May 1918, and Lieutenant in 1918. After the war, he was joined in England in 1919 by his wife, and was permitted a special discharge "to enable him to proceed to Australia via America (in which latter country he desires to obtain information regarding the Cotton Bag Industry)". Returning to Australia, Gadsden resumed his career with the family company, J Gadsden Pty Ltd..."SOURCE (