Norman Vincent FOLPP MM

FOLPP, Norman Vincent

Service Number: 2068
Enlisted: 5 April 1916, West Maitland, New South Wales
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Baerami, New South Wales, 20 June 1898
Home Town: Baerami, Muswellbrook, New South Wales
Schooling: Mt Dangar Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Maricourt, France, 28 August 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt
Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Baerami Goulburn River District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, West Maitland, New South Wales
24 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2068, 34th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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24 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2068, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney
28 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 2068, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2068 awm_unit: 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion awm_rank: Corporal awm_died_date: 1918-08-28

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In a letter to his mother dated France 17/8/18, the late Cpl. Norman Folpp, writes:-

I saw Glen McDonald yesterday and he is still the same. I also saw Archie Chitty and Billy Baxter a few days ago and they are both going strong. I suppose you have been anxious about me, as I haven't written for some time, but things have been pretty busy lately and I have been in the line a good while, boxing on with Fritz, so I didn't get much time to write. But while you get no news of me, you will know things are alright. I sent a few souvenirs home the other day, I hope you get them alright. I tell you things weren't too pleasant for a few minutes where I got them from, but whatever you do don't worry about me, I am as right as rain. I suppose you know I am a corporal. I have been for over three months. One of the Tindale boys was kill- ed a short time ago. Glen was telling me he was in the artillery. I suppose Bob is home by this, tell him to drop me a line and let me know what it is like to be in civies again. I haven't heard from Sim lately, but I suppose he is still going strong, at least I hope so. Young Les Munns, from Denman, was wounded the other day, but not serious. He will no doubt get to England with it, and he may have a chance of getting home from there, as he has a very bad foot.

Mrs. Folpp also received the following letter from Sgt. J. Walsh, dated France 17/9/18:-

Dear Mrs. Folpp,- It is with the deepest regret that I pen these few lines to you with reference to your great loss in your recent bereavement. Norman and I were soldier pals, but there was something more than that, we were endeared to each other in a way that is inexpressible. Though young in years, Norman was, in his ways and actions a man of very high character, a brave and true soldier, whom very few, if any, would surpass. He was honored and esteemed by all who knew him, and I would like you to feel that I share with you in the loss you have sustained. I have been in many stunts with him, both over the top and in garrison duty in the line, and while you have lost a noble son, I have lost a gallant mate. As no doubt you have been notified, he was killed by a shell on the 28/8/ 18. He passed away without pain or suffering and was buried by his comrades in a little valley on the north bank of the river Somme, near the village of Maricourt. A small wooden cross marks the spot where he lies peacefully sleeping, some miles behind the line and strife which rages on the western front. The Commanding Officer has ordered a good cross to be erected and I will ensure that same is in position. It may be interesting for you to know that prior to his death he won the Military Medal for gallantry in action. I trust you may receive same shortly and have no doubt that you will cherish it in memory of one who gave his life for his friends. Although your loss has been great, yet you have this assurance that your loss is his gain, and we believe that when our work on this earth has ended we shall all meet in Paradise, where sorrow shall be no more and all tears be wiped away. Believe me to be your sincere friend in sorrow. J. WALSH." - from the Muswellbrook Chronicle 23 Nov 1918 (