Norman Victor PITKIN

Badge Number: S21155, Sub Branch: state

PITKIN, Norman Victor

Service Numbers: 1801, 1801a
Enlisted: 25 August 1915
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Barabba, South Australia, 21 February 1896
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Barabba School
Occupation: Student
Died: Circumstances of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Mallala Barabba School WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted
11 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1801, 32nd Infantry Battalion
11 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1801, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Corporal, SN 1801a, 16th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Samuel Pitkin

Victor Norman Pitkin

Victor Norman Pitkin was born on the 15th February, 1896 at Barabba, South Austraila  His mother was his only living parent. When Victor was nineteen, she gave permission for him to put in an application to enlist, because you had to be twenty-one to join the army. Victor was a student at the time of his application.

Victor enlisted on the 25th August, 1915, with the service number of 1801. He was reasonably tall at 5’10”, with brown hair and eyes. Victor embarked a short time later on the 11th January, 1916, on HMAS Borda A30. He served in the 16th and 32nd infantry battalions, where he went from a private to a corporal.

Victor’s war ended early due to an injury to his arm. He arrived home on the Aeneas on the 13th February, 1919.

Victor was awarded with a medal of bravery for his efforts in the field, which is the second highest medal in the war.

Victor has been laid to rest at Centennial Park, Adelaide,  South Australia.