Graham Leonard NORLEY


NORLEY, Graham Leonard

Service Number: 43058
Enlisted: 24 October 1961
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR)
Born: Kensington, South Australia, 18 October 1944
Home Town: Kilburn (Formerly Chicago), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Croydon Boy's High School
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam, 26 January 1968, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Derrick Gardens - Path 5 - Grave 490A
Memorials: Adelaide Pathway of Honour - 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment , Adelaide South East Asian Conflicts Memorial, Adelaide Vietnam War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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Non Warlike Service

24 Oct 1961: Enlisted Australian Army, Private

Vietnam War Service

19 May 1967: Involvement Australian Army, Corporal, SN 43058, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR)
Date unknown: Involvement SN 43058

26 Jan 1968 - VIETNAM ACTION - Three Australians die, 16 wounded

Three Australian soldiers have been killed and 16 wounded in 48 hours of clashes with scattered Vietcong units.
Fifteen soldiers, nine of them national servicemen, were wounded in two clashes with the Vietcong north of the Australian Task
Force base at Nui Dat on Saturday. Two of the wounded are seriously ill.

On Friday three Australian soldiers were killed and another was wounded. Killed were: Corporal Graham Leonard
Norley, 23, single, of Kilburn, South Australia. Private Dayle William Morrison, 22, single, of Auchenflower, Queensland.
Private Raymond Paul Binning, 21, single, of Seacombe Gardens, South Australia.

A New Zealand soldier, Corporal George Kingi Hoerara, 35, single, of Gisborne, also was killed in the fighting on Friday and an
other New Zealand serviceman was wounded.

List of casualties
The death and casualty lists were published by army authorities in Canberra and Wellington last night, but no details of the
incidents were announced. The wounded are in two United Stales evacuation hospitals at Long Binh. -

Wounded were:
Private Peter PaulStromski, 20, single, of Petersham, NSW, a member of the 7th Battalion, RAR (satisfactory).
Private Christopher Nell Wagner, 23, single, of Wentworthville, NSW, 2RAR (satisfactory).
Private Kevin James Magnay, national serviceman, 22, single, of Casino, NSW, 2RAR (satisfactory).
Corporal Barry George Ritchie, 31, married, of Enoggera, Queensland, 2RAR (satisfactory).
Private John Ross Brewer, national serviceman, 22, married, of Glenreach, NSW, 7RAR (very satisfactory).
Private Alfred Norman Hawken, national serviceman, 22, married, of Thornbury, Victoria 7RAR (seriously ill).
Private Gregory Raymond Morgan, 20, married. of Campbelltown, NSW, 2RAR (very satisfactory).
Lance-Corporal Paul John Delmos, national serviceman, 22, single, of Airport West Victoria, 7RAR (seriously ill).
Corporal Samuel Davies, national serviceman, 21, single of Muswellbrook, NSW, 7RAR (satisfactory).
Private Geoffrey Herbert Schwartz, national serviceman, 22. single, of Coorparoo, Queensland, 2RAR (very satisfactory).
Private Keith Edward Gent, national serviceman, 22, single, of Essendon, Victoria, 7RAR (satisfactory).
Private Clive Roland Percival, national serviceman, 21, single, of Naval Base, Western Australia, 7RAR (satisfactory).
Private Leslie John Noel Barnett, national serviceman .21, single, of Tweed Heads, NSW, 2RAR (very satisfactory).
Private Gordon Alexander Black, 24, single, of Blackburn South, Victoria, 2RAR (satisfactory).
Corporal Innes Alexander Bessant, 26. single, of Redcliffe, Western Australia, 7RAR (satisfactory).
Lieutenant Eric Charles Pearson, 22, married, of Bedford Park, Western Australia, 2RAR (satisfactory).
Private Whaiate-motu, 26, single, of Gisborne,New Zealand, received wounds to his legs and arms from flying
shrapnel when a mine exploded on Friday. His condition is said to be satisfactory.

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Graham Norley began his military career in October 1961 with the CMF in 13th Field Regiment. He enlisted in the Regular Army and after recruit training became a rifleman. Graham Norley served in several of the battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment as a rifleman and NCO. He saw active service in Sarawak, Borneo during the Indonesian Confrontation and served in other areas of South East Asia. Corporal Norley was killed in an enemy contact in Bien Hoa Province, north of the Australian Task Force HQ at Nui Dat, South Vietnam whilst on patrol during Operation Coburg.