Norman Clement ASHTON

ASHTON, Norman Clement

Service Numbers: 2331, 367
Enlisted: 17 September 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Royal Flying Corps
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 19 February 1895
Home Town: Darlinghurst, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Electrician
Died: 21 June 1927, aged 32 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Zone C Anglican 9 1299
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World War 1 Service

17 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, 2331, 1st Australian Reserve Park
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Driver, 2331, 1st Australian Reserve Park, HMAT Armadale, Melbourne
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Driver, 2331, 1st Australian Reserve Park
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, 2331, 1st Australian Reserve Park
29 Nov 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, 2331, 10th Australian Army Service Corps, Returned to Australia with enteric and discharged
4 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 367, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Involvement 367, 3rd Pioneer Battalion
6 Jun 1916: Embarked 367, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
16 Mar 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, 367, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Discharged to the Royal Flying Corps with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant
17 Mar 1917: Involvement Royal Flying Corps

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Norman Clement Ashton was only 20 years old when he first enlisted in September of 1914. He traveled to Egypt with the first Australian expeditionary force but developed enteric fever and was returned home in September 1915. He enlisted again in March 1916 and was sent overseas with the 3rd Pioneer Battalion in June 1916. In March 1917 he was discharged from the AIF and joined the Royal Flying Corps. He relinquished his commission on the 31 December 1918 due to ill health. He died on June 21 1927, at the Randwick Military Hospital.