Norman Farquhar Bruce HUON


HUON, Norman Farquhar Bruce

Service Number: 2592
Enlisted: 17 November 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 3 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
Born: Wodonga, Victoria, Australia , 1890
Home Town: Wodonga, Wodonga, Victoria
Schooling: Albury Grammar School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Magdhaba, Egypt, Palestine, 23 December 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Initially buried 1400 yards N.N.E. of the well at El Magdhaba. A cross placed in February 1917, but grave lost to war and time, Jerusalem Memorial, Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jerusalem Memorial, Kew War Memorial, Wodonga War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2592, Melbourne, Victoria
11 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2592, 8th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2592, 8th Light Horse Regiment, RMS Mongolia, Melbourne
9 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Trooper, 3 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps, 14 Company ICC 11-09-16
1 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
23 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2592, 3 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps

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Biography contributed by Karen Standen

Mrs Florence Huon, of Melbourne, is in receipt of the following letter, in connection with her son Norman Farquhar Bruce Huon, who was First-sergeant in the Light Horse, and transferred to Imperial Camel Corps. Sergeant Huon was killed in action at El Arish on the 23rd December last. He was a native of Wodonga and was the son of the late Mr William Huon, one of the pioneers of Victoria. His mother is a niece of Hamilton Hume, the explorer:-

Egypt, Dec. 25, 1916
Dear Mrs Huon, -
 Allow me, on behalf of the officers and men of this company, to convey to you our sympathy in the loss of your son. We have not only lost a good soldier and valuable member of this unit, but those of us who were intimately acquainted with your son feel that we have lost a personal friend, and one whose place is very hard to fill. He was a most capable and conscientious worker, particularly had I noticed his devotion to duty and the fine example he set his comrades. Personally, I feel his death very keenly, no words of eulogy would express my admiration for such a noble character as that of your son. It was at about 3.30 in the afternoon of the 23rd inst., while we were attacking a strong enemy position, that he was struck down, a bullet piercing his head, causing practically instantaneous death. He was then in the advanced firing line with his fellows, and fighting well. Shortly afterwards the enemy surrendered. We had gained a victory. More than one heart, though, lamented the death of two noble comrades who had fallen from the ranks of this little company in the achievement of our success. I trust that you will he comforted in the knowledge that your son did his duty nobly and died for a noble cause. - LIEUT. HALL. Adjutant." from the Wodonga and Towong Sentinel 02 March 1917. (

While references to Norman being a Sergeant are accurate, his time in this rank was brief due to circumstance, as each unit transfer resulted in him being reverted to Private or Trooper. Norman's competence as a soldier however, was always recognised and he quickly returned to the rank of Corporal.   

The article, A story of coincidence: Norman Huon, Imperial Camel Corps, AIF written by Trevor Turner and published in the Military Historical Society of Australia journal, Sabretache, v.40, no.2, June 1999, p.26-29 (ISSN: 0048-8933), is an informative read and provides further sources. National Library of Australia (NLA) bookmark: .