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Norman Smith WOODHILL

Regimental number414
Date of birth--/04/1898
Place of birthRichmond, New South Wales
SchoolRichmond District Rural School, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStorekeeper
Address'Minniveh', Arden Street, Coogee, Sydney
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs H L Woodhill, 'Minniveh', Arden Street, Coogee, Sydney
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Compulsory Military Training scheme.
Enlistment date28 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, A Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Company
FateReturned to Australia 21 April 1918
Discharge date18 July 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1943 Pte Bertie Meredith WOODHILL, 33rd Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1919.
Other details

War service: served in the 7th Reinforcement, 13th Bn, 28 May-20 June 1915; 19th Bn, 21 June 1915-16 January 1916; 20th Bn, 17 January-7 March 1916; transferred to 5th Brigade Machine Gun Company, 8 March 1916; appointed Driver, 9 May 1916.

Embarked from Sydney on board HMAT 'Ceramic', 25 June 1915; disembarked Egypt. Admitted to Australian and New Zealand Convalescent Hospital with sore eyes, 26 August 1915; discharged for light duties. Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force: embarked from Alexandria, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Received slight gun shot wound, right shoulder, 3 May 1917; treated at 9th Casualty Clearing Station. Transferred from Rouen on the 'St David' to Red Cross Hospital, Sherborne, Dorset, 14 May 1917; subsequently to Convalescent hospital, Perham Downs. Found guilty of being in Tidworth without leve on 15 August 1917: ordered to forfeit one day's pay.

Fell ill in Liverpool while on leave, admitted to 1st Western General Hospital, Grantham, 3 December 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Army Hospital, Dartford, 28 February 1918; discharged to No. 2 Convalescent Depot, Weymouth, 12 March 1918.

Embarked for Australia on board 'Suevic', 21 April 1918, suffering pleurisy and phlebitis (left leg). Arrived in Australia, 7 June 1918; discharged, 18 July 1918. Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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