Norman Craig SHIERLAW


SHIERLAW, Norman Craig

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 June 1915
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 23 August 1883
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College, University of Adelaide, South Australia and Edinburgh University
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 11 April 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Vraucourt Copse Cemetery, Vaulx-Vraucourt
Plot II, Row B, Grave 13 Headstone Inscription "BELOVED YOUNGEST SON"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

16 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, Australian Army Medical Corps WW1
13 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 13th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Norman Craig SHIERLAW was born in Adelaide, South Australia on 23rd August, 1883

His parents were Joseph Craig SHIERLAW & Emma BALDWINSON

Biography contributed by Annette Summers



Norman Craig Shierlaw was born on the 23rd August 1883 in Adelaide son of Joseph Craig Shierlaw and Emma née Baldwinson, brother of Howard 1879, Allan 1881 and Edith 1886. His father owned ‘Sheirlaw and Co.’ which was a Tailors, Clothiers, Outfitters and Hatters business in Hindley Street Adelaide. He was educated at Prince Alfred College, the University of Adelaide and Edinburgh University.  The Prince Alfred College Chronicle reported that “He was much interested in social problems in civil life before he went to the war”.


Sheirlaw joined the AIF in June 1915 at the age of 31 years and applied for a Commission in the AAMC. He was single and his father of 52 Eaton St, Malvern, SA  was named as his next of kin. He was posted to a Convalescent Depot, in England. He embarked from Melbourne on the 17th July 1915. He was attached as MO to the 1st Anzac entrenching Bn at Etaples on the 11th June 1916 and remained with them until a posting to the Australian 4th FdAmb and then to the 13th Bn as RMO in August 1916. He died of wounds received in action on the 11th April 1916 and was buried in the Australian Dressing Station Cemetery.  He was re-interned to the British Cemetery in 1929, ½ mile SW of the Vaulx-Vraucourt Corps British Cemetery, France Plot 2, Row B, Grave 13 , 3 miles NE of Bapaume. He was awarded the Military Cross posthumously on 22nd February 1917 for; “conspicuous gallantry in action and devotion to duty. He continually attended to the wounded for two days and nights under heavy fire. He has on many occasions done fine work”.   Correspondence between his father and the AIF for the receipt of the MC and the details of his son’s death took more than a year for a satisfactory response. His family received his 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, and the Memorial Scroll and Kings Message in 1921 and the Memorial Plaque in 1922.


Blood, Sweat and Fears: Medical Practitioners and Medical Students of South Australia, who Served in World War 1. 

Verco, Summers, Swain, Jelly. Open Books Howden, Adelaide 2014. 

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