Herbert Norman (Bertie) MAY

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MAY, Herbert Norman

Service Number: 318
Enlisted: 18 September 1914, Enlisted at Casino, NSW
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tabulam, New South Wales, Australia, 18 March 1894
Home Town: Casino, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Timber Worker
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Turkey, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 9 May 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Johnston's Jolly Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
Row E, Grave 3 Inscription HIS GOD AND HIS COUNTRY NEEDED HIM , Johnston's Jolly Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Casino and District Memorial Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

18 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 318, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Casino, NSW
1 Oct 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 15th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Corporal, SN 318, 17th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Corporal, SN 318, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
9 May 1915: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 318, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of William John May and Henrietta Sara May of 'The Creel', Canterbury Street, Casino, NSW formerly of Pound Hill, Casino, NSW. Brother of James Charles May

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He is the only Australian soldier in this cemetery whose grave is known for certain.

There are  181 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 144 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to 36 Australian casualties believed to be buried among them, almost all of whom were killed in the capture of Lone Pine in August 1915.
There are 36 numbered Special Memorials including Bewicke killed in May 1915 along with Lance Corporal May and Reeves who was killed in September, 1915 also has a Special Memorial.

He was 21.

 

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