Norman Frederick PONT

PONT, Norman Frederick

Service Number: 3619
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Chilwell, Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Double Pneumonia, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England , 26 December 1916
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Highton Newtown Russell St Baptist Church Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

5 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 3619, 22nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
5 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 3619, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Melbourne
26 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, 3619, 57th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3619 awm_unit: 57 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-12-26

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Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 26th December…… Norman Frederick Pont was born at Geelong, Victoria in 1892.

From the Court of Petty Sessions, Geelong, Victoria on 13th November, 1915: Norman Frederick Pont was accused by Constable James Lewis Loughron: “Defendant on 12th November 1915 at Geelong did behave in an insulting manner in a public place.” The case was adjourned till 16th instant & accused was on bail for £10. The case was adjourned on 16th November, 1915 “to a day to be fixed – see 28.3.16”. The complaint was withdrawn on 28th March, 1916.


On 7th September, 1915 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) as a  23 year old, single, Labourer (listed as Woollen Mill Hand on Attestation Papers) from Latrobe Terrace, Chilwell, Victoria (mother’s residence)

Private Norman Frederick Pont, Service number 3619, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Afric (A19) on 5th January, 1916 with the 6th Infantry Brigade, 22nd Infantry Battalion, 8th Reinforcements.

He was allotted to & proceeded to join 57th Battalion at Zeitoun on 23rd February, 1916. He was taken on strength of 57th Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir on 23rd February, 1916 from 22nd Battalion.

Private  Pont reported sick on 24th February, 1918 & was admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance with Influenza then was transferred to No. 2 Field Ambulance on the same day. He was transferred & admitted to No. 2 Australian Stationary Hospital at Tel-el-Kebir on 27th February, 1916 with Bronchitis. Private Pont was transferred to No. 4 Hospital Train on 9th March, 1916 & was admitted to No. 3 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis on the same day. He was discharged to No. 3 Auxiliary Hospital at Abbassia on 21st March, 1916 then transferred & admitted to Ras-el-Tin Camp Hospital at Alexandria on 23rd March, 1916. Private Pont was discharged to Base at Tel-el-Kebir on 17th April, 1916.

On 14th March, 1916 Private Pont was allotted to & proceeded to join 24th Battalion at Zeitoun.

He was marched in to Combined Training & General Base Depot & posted to 6th Training Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir on 18th April, 1916.

Private  Pont embarked for overseas from Alexandria on 10th May, 1916 on H.M.T. Scotian with 24th Battalion to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force). He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 18th May, 1916.

On 20th May, 1916 Private Pont was admitted to No. 2 Australian General Hospital at Moussoi – cause N.Y.D. (not yet determined) & was discharged to duty on 29th May, 1916.

He was taken on strength of 57th Battalion on 31st July, 1916 in France.

Private Norman Frederick Pont was admitted to Casualty Clearing Station on 9th August, 1916 with Influenza from 4th Field Ambulance. He was admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital at Etaples, France on 11th August, 1916 with inflamed glands of Neck. Private Pont was evacuated sick on 19th August, 1916 & embarked for England from Calais on 20th August, 1916 on Hospital Ship Newhaven.

On 21st August, 1916 Private Pont was admitted to Carrington Hospital, Bagthorpe, Nottingham, England with Inflamed Glands of Neck & Suppurating Ear. He was transferred to No. 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield, Middlesex on 2nd September, 1916.

He was marched in to No. 2 Australian Command Depot at Weymouth, Dorset on 5th September, 1916 from Harefield. He was medically classified as B – not fit for one month. Private Pont was marched in to No. 3 Command Depot at Wool, Dorset on 16th October, 1916 from No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth.

Private  Pont was sent sick to Bulford Hospital on 28th October, 1916 from Administrative Headquarters London. (Another entry on Statement of Service form recorded he was sent “sick to Bulford Hospital from No. 3 Com Depot Wool V.D.” on 30th October, 1916).  He was admitted to 1st A.D.H. (Australian Dermatological Hospital) at Bulford, Wiltshire on 31st October/1st November, 1916. Private Pont was transferred to Parkhouse, Wiltshire on 8th December, 1916. He was discharged from Delhi Hospital on 18th December, 1916. Total Period V.D. – 50 days.

On 19th December, 1916 Private Pont was admitted to Hospital at Tidworth, Wiltshire with Pleuro Pneumonia (severe). The Hospital Admissions form recorded the date of admission as 18th December, 1916 & he was admitted with Double Pneumonia. He was reported on 19th December, 1916 to be dangerously ill.


Private Norman Frederick Pont died at 8.30 am on 26th December, 1916 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Double Pneumonia.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.


(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)