Norman James ODLUM

ODLUM, Norman James

Service Number: SX1163
Enlisted: 3 November 1939, Keswick, SA
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/3rd Field Regiment
Born: Henley Beach, SA, 30 January 1917
Home Town: Henley Beach , City of Charles Sturt / Henley and Grange, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Daw Park Repatriation Hospital SABCO Ltd WW2 Honour Roll, Henley Beach Council WW2 Honour Roll and Addendum, Henley Beach Wesley Methodist Church Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

3 Nov 1939: Involvement Corporal, SX1163
3 Nov 1939: Enlisted Keswick, SA
3 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SX1163, 2nd/3rd Field Regiment
22 Oct 1945: Discharged
22 Oct 1945: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, SX1163, 2nd/3rd Field Regiment

Norm the cricketer

Norm was captain of the Grange Cricket Club when I played with them in the 1950s. I thought he was a great captain since he often passed the ball to me - something a young bowler always appreciates. On an Easter trip to Waikerie in the riverland of SA he achieved a sort of notoriety by swimming the Murray river at a time the water was high. A dangerous folly, but he survived even though he had imbibed a drop or two of red before the swim. A strong swimmer, he often took part in the annual Henley to Grange swim. A quiet man he never spoke of any traumatic wartime experiences but little snippets emerged from time to time reflecting the lighter parts of his service. Now departed I honour his memory. Tom Turner, Life Member Grange Cricket Club. General Practitioner and Dermatologist (Retired)

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