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Norman Peter OLSEN

Regimental number2455
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationElectrician's apprentice
Address65 Scott Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, P Olsen, 65 Scott Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Recommendation date: 24 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of August 31st 1918, near MONT ST. QUENTIN, north of PERONNE, this N.C.O. showed exceptional bravery. During the crossing of the SOMME he laid out two miles of wire and under very heavy Machine Gun fire succeeded in getting communication across the river. At zero hour he went forward with the attacking troops and owing to his excellent work, communication was kept up with Battalion Headquarters and very important information got through on the wire. At all times his devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety were most marked and inspired all those around him. His work with the battalion since 6th January 1916 has been of a very high order and he has done consistently good work under exceedingly difficult conditions during many of the operations this battalion has been engaged in.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

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