ABBOTT, Norman

Service Number: 3263
Enlisted: 20 March 1917, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Balmain, New South Wales, 1888
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action (drowned - result of enemy action), United Kingdom, 3 August 1918
Cemetery: Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton
No known grave - At sea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3263, Sydney, New South Wales
16 Jul 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3263, 33rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Sydney
16 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3263, 33rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1

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Biography contributed by Greg Sharon

Norman was a labourer from Darlinghurst when he joined the A.I.F.  He arrived in England on the 16th of September 1917 and went into a training camp.  He then had a colourful period with authority both in England and in his early days in France.

He was eventually taken on strength of the 33rd Bn on the 2nd of March 1918.  Norman was gassed in action in the area of Villers-Bretonneux on the 17/4/18 and returned to the front at Rouelles on the 8th of June.  He was then wounded in action on 25/7/18 with a gunshot wound to a finger and a decision was made to evacuate him to England.   Whilst in transit aboard the HMAT Warilda Norman became a casualty when the ship was sunk in the English Channel on the 3rd of August 1918.  She was transporting wounded soldiers from France to England when she was torpedoed by UC-49, even though she was flying the Red Cross indicating a hospital ship.  It was claimed by the Germans that she was carrying arms.  HMAT Warilda sank in 2 hours with the loss of 123 souls from the 801 on board. 

Norman was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His widow subsequently received a Memorial Scroll, a Memorial plaque and the pamphlet “Where the Australians Rest”.