Norman Douglas SHERWIN

SHERWIN, Norman Douglas

Service Number: 319
Enlisted: 14 September 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 6th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Cargo, New South Wales, Australia, June 1894
Home Town: Cargo, Cabonne, New South Wales
Schooling: St Joseph's Convent School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds (POW of Turkey), Amman, Transjordan, 29 March 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Basra Memorial, Norwest Mitchell Remembers Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

14 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 319, Sydney, New South Wales

World War 1 Service

21 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 319, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Suevic embarkation_ship_number: A29 public_note: ''
21 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 319, 6th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Suevic, Sydney
15 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 319, 6th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli
17 Jun 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Trooper, 319, 6th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli, GSW (left hand)
28 Mar 1918: Imprisoned Fellow soldier stated the he was shot in the abdomen after being captured Died of wounds while POW
28 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Trooper, 319, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Amman Raid (First), 2nd occasion - GSW (abdomen)
29 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 319, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Amman Raid (First), --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 319 awm_unit: 6 Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Trooper awm_died_date: 1918-03-29

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

"Norman Douglas Sherwin was born in Cargo in 1894, one of seven children born to Arthur Sherwin and his wife Catherine. Norman’s father, Arthur, became the Boree Shire Council Clerk in 1906, a position he held for many years.

Norman was educated at St Joseph’s Convent School in Cargo. As a student Norman and his siblings entered their school and handiwork in regional shows throughout NSW and Victoria. Norman regularly won first prize (and sometimes second prize as well) for his neat handwriting and tidy exercise book. Between 1905 and 1912 he won awards in many towns, including Cudal, Cumnock, Manildra, Canowindra, Parkes, Peak Hill and Dubbo. At the Orange Jubilee Show in April 1912 he won 1st prize for his exceptional handwriting.

Norman was one of the earliest recruits for WWI, enlisting in Sydney in September 1914. He embarked in December that year, a Trooper with the 6th Light Horse Regiment. In June 1915 at Gallipoli Norman sustained a gunshot wound to the left hand, which turned septic, necessitating his hospitalisation in Greece. He returned to his unit the following month, but would be hospitalised on two other occasions; in August 1915, with sunstroke, and in February 1916 with mumps.

During his time at the front Norman wrote many letters home to his friends and family. Most of these were published by the Molong Express and Western District Advertiser.

On 28 March 1918 Trooper Sherwin participated in the attack on Amman in Palestine, during which he was wounded. He was later reported to be reported missing in action, having been taken as a prisoner of war by the Turks. He was subsequently shot and died and was buried in an unmarked grave. He was 23. In the words of fellow prisoner of war Trooper A. Crockett:

He was wounded in the leg by a machine gun bullet about 2.30pm on the 28 March 1918 at Amman. He was taken prisoner with me and was shot through the stomach by the Turks soon afterwards by a rifle bullet. We were taken to Amman Station and put on the train and he died at 4am next morning. The Turks buried him about ¼ mile from the Station near the Railway Line. No identification was put on his grave. Norman is remembered on his mother’s headstone in Cargo General Cemetery." - SOURCE (


Youngest son of Arthur Henry Travers and Catherine Sherwin of Cargo, NSW. Brother of Frank Herbert Sherwin and cousin of Lt. Wales Elkington MM, MC

Norman was a member of a small group of Light Horse who rode into a Turkish machine gun post. Nearly all were wounded at the time and several including Norman were either shot or bayoneted by their Turkish captors while being prisoners of war.

Wounded in the leg at Amman, Middle East on 28 Mar 1918, when he rode into a machine gun post. GSW to the abdomen after being shot by the Turks and then died on the train between Damascus and Mecca while in Turkish hands. Believed to have been buried somewhere along the train tracks.

15 August 1915 - To hospital with sunstroke

21 February 1916 - To hospital with Mumps

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal