Norman William MORTLEMAN


MORTLEMAN , Norman William

Service Number: Q113543
Enlisted: 16 June 1941
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42 Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: Mount Morgan, Queensland, Australia, 24 March 1909
Home Town: Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed In Action, Salamaua, New Guinea, 29 August 1943, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN Q113543
16 Jun 1941: Enlisted
16 Jun 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN Q113543, 42 Infantry Battalion AMF
29 Aug 1943: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Norman was the second of six children of Thomas (Tom) Edward Mortleman (born 1884 in Gayndah, QLD) and Wilhelmena (Minnie) Rein (born 1885 at Mingo Crossing, Wide Bay, QLD). Tom was a Miner at Mingo Crossing in 1905 when he married Minnie. In 1909 they moved to Mount Morgan, QLD where Tom worked as a Miner until his Death in 1926. Minnie died in 1939.

Norman was working as a Labourer at Waterhall in Livingstone, via Mount Morgan, QLD when he enlisted in the Army in June 1941. He was a Private (Service No:Q113543) with 42nd Infantry Battalion when he was KiA in the campaign to capture Salamau in New Guinea in August 1943. Younger brother James(Jim) Burnett Mortleman (Service No:Q36223) also served with the 42nd Battalion in New Guinea. Norman is buried at Lae War Cemetery.