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Norman Huber RAMSDEN

Regimental number10658
Place of birthClifton Hill Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant (clerk)
Address491 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, William Amos Ramsden, 491 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date26 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Pay Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 27 April 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 7 January 1919

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).
Recommendation date: 7 February 1919

FateReturned to Australia 19 April 1919

Military Medal

'On 24th April, 1918, between the junction of the rivers ANCRE and SOMME this N.C.O. and men were linesmen attached to 8th Australian Field Artillery Brigade Headquarters. The enemy put down a very heavy bombardment of gas and H.E. and all telephone lines were immediately cut. These men [RAMSDEN, 20236 C.H. BREALEY, 1659 W. CRUICKSHANK, 29272 C.C. MAZZAROL] at once set out to try to get communication with Batteries. The lines were broken in dozens of places and the bombardment continued for 8 hours, during which period these men were exposed to the heaviest shell fire. They eventually succeeded in getting communication with Batteries, and it was only by their unflagging energy, dauntless courage and devotion to duty that this was accomplished.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

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

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