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Norman Douglas ABBOTT

Regimental number365
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address21 Denham Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5.25"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinSister, Alice Isabella Abbott, 21 Denham Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, A Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4108
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Discharge date17 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Transferred to 4th Field Company Engineers, 12 August 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 September 1915.

Admitted to hospital sick, 29 September 1915, and transferred to hospital ship (pyrexia, unknown origin); to Egypt and admitted to hospital (details not recorded); transferred to Auxiliary Convalescent Home, Heliopolis, 16 October 1915 (dysentery); to A&NZ Convalescent Home, Helouan, 4 November 1915; discharged to Base Details, 15 December 1915; marched in to Engineers Training Base, 25 May 1916.

Found guilty, 26 May 1916, of being absent without leave from Tattoo parade at 1200, 26 May: awarded forfeiture of 7 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria for England, 28 May 1916; marched in to Engineers Training Depot, Christchurch, 7 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 May 1917; rejoined 4th Field Company Engineers, in the field, 30 May 1917.

Found guilty, 17 August 1917, of being absent without leave from 1.20 pm to 5.45 pm, 17 August 1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Remustered as Sapper at own request, 26 October 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 22 June 1918, on charge of 'When on Active Service deserting H.M. Service, 1 June 1918'; found 'not guilty' of desertion, but 'guilty' of being absent without leave from 1-4 June 1918 (4 days): awarded 30 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfieture of a total of 48 days' pay.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 29 September 1918.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 December 1918 (diarrhoea), and transferred same day to 53rd Casualty clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 32, and admitted to 6th General Hospital, 6December 1918 (influenza); discharged to Base Depot, 9 December 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 15 December 1918; marched in to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 16 December 1918; marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 29 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919; arrived Melbourne, 14 March 1919, for onward by boat to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit: disability not stated, Sydney, 17 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 June 1946
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABBOTT Norman Douglas

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