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Norman John MADDEN

Regimental number1223
Place of birthMarcus Hill, Victoria
SchoolMarcus Hill State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine driver
Address59 Anderson Street, East Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, P Madden, 59 Anderson Street, East Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Compulsory Training Scheme.
Enlistment date15 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularOfficers' Heavy Weight Championship (Boxing) 1st Prize (Gold Medal) and Silver Medal( 3rd Prize) for 3 1/2 miles cross country run.
FateKilled in Action 18 August 1918
Place of death or woundingHedauville, Somme, France
Age at death23.5
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VI, Row G, Grave No. 14), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Susan MADDEN, 59 Anderson Street, East Geelong, Victoria

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack this officer, who was in charge of a fighting patrol, attacked single handed a machine gun that was checking our advance, and put the gun out of action, capturing the whole of the detachment. He then advanced with another man on a second gun, successfully bombing it, and killing two of the enemy. Our advance was then resumed. In this encounter he was wounded, but remained at his duty until the position was consolidated and he was ordered to leave. He set a fine example of courage and resolution to the men of his platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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