Norman Leslie DEMPSEY

DEMPSEY, Norman Leslie

Service Number: SX632
Enlisted: 28 November 1939, Woodside, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kingston, South Australia, 27 November 1918
Home Town: Birdwood (formerly Blumberg), Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Killed in Action, Papua, 24 December 1942, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
B6 F 10
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Birdwood Pictorial Honour Roll WWII, Birdwood WW1 & WW2 Soldier's Memorial, Gumeracha Our Fallen Heroes WW2 Honour Board, Sanderston Memorial and Flagpole
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World War 2 Service

28 Nov 1939: Involvement Private, SX632, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
28 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SX632, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion, Woodside, SA
28 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SX632, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Patrick Joseph and Emma Grace Dempsey.


Foster-Son Killed in Action
MR. J. W. Seidel, Angaston, has been advised his foster-son, Pte. Norman L. Dempsey, has been killed in action in New Guinea. Another foster-son, Pte. Noel Higgins, was killed  during the heavy fighting in the Middle East.
Norman, who was about 22, had also served there, including eight months in Tobruk, and then in Syria. He made his home with Mr. and the late Mrs. Seidel at Sanderston when  he was only six, and remained with them until, at 17, he sought employment elsewhere. He joined the AIF shortly afterwards. The affection between him and Mr. Seidel was that  of father and son, and when Norman returned from abroad last March, he hurried to Angaston to spend a few days with "dad." "He was a good boy," said Mr Seidel, who added that their grief was lightened by the knowledge that he had been a worthy citizen and soldier.