Norman Livingstone PAGE


PAGE, Norman Livingstone

Service Number: 949
Enlisted: 1 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Aldgate, South Australia, Australia, 8 December 1888
Home Town: Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: Aldgate Valley Public School
Occupation: Stonemason
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, Celtic Wood, Broodseinde, Belgium, 8 October 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Murray Bridge Hospital Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 949, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 949, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 949, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 949, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
29 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 949, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
8 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 949, 10th Infantry Battalion, Raid on Celtic Wood

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

949 Sergeant Norman Livingstone Page a mason from Murray Bridge, South Australia was an original member of the battalion and known as ‘Governor.’ He was wounded during the landing at Gallipoli and again at Pozières in 1916.

Credible witness statements in his Red Cross file. Private F Davis, D Company. -  ‘I saw him killed by a bullet at 5-30 A.M. on the 9th of Oct, during a raid at Passchendaele. His body was left in No Man’s Land, as we had to retire’.   

Corporal Hicks. -  ‘The last I saw of Sgt Page he was lying out in No Man’s Land very badly wounded. He couldn’t have been brought in and must I think have been killed. He was in a very bad way when I saw him, and they weren’t taking prisoners. Sgt Page was one of the gamest fellows in the battalion’.  

Private Schenscher. -   ‘Killed by a bayonet in the German lines…’

Note:-According to his mother in a letter dated 1 March 1918 written on Base records Form No 14 a number of soldiers had written home telling their own parents Page had been killed. [i]

Although recorded on the 13 October Field Return as missing the finding by a Court of Inquiry convened on 16 May 1918 was that he had been killed in action on 8 [sic] October 1917.

[i]National Archives of Australia, B 2455, Page Norman Livingstone / 8000526, viewed 3 September 2011.