In Memory of
Second Lieutenant PERCY NORMAN
52nd Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
who died age 26
on 28 March 1917
Son of John and Eliza Ann Norman, of Albany Post Office, Western Australia.
Remembered with honour
QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY, BUISSY
Born in Albany, Western Australia, on 10th April 1891,
Son of John and Eliza Ann Norman, Dunrobin, Brunswick Road, Albany.
John was the Postmaster at the Albany Post Office.
John (junior) (dob: 1/11/84),
Eva (18/3/86), Arthur (2/3/88)
and Amy Edith (2/3/93)
Dux (1905) and later teacher, for some time, at Albany Senior School
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 2/8/15 at Blackboy Hill, in the Perth hills (Civil Occupation - Farmer)
Regimental Number 3342
Posted initially to the 12th Battalion (formed as reinforcement to the 11th Battalion)
Departed Fremantle on the HMAT Benalla on 1/11/15
After a period of training in Egypt, allotted to the new 52nd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.), on 3/3/16 at Tel el Kebir. Promoted to Sergeant 7/4/16 at Serapeum
Embarked with the British Empire Forces (B.E.F) 5/6/16 on ”Ivernia“, arriving at Marseilles 12/6/16, en route to the Western Front, France. Detached to attend Officer Training School (France), 20/1/17. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 8/2/17. Rejoined his Battalion (3rd Echelon, Anzac Section, B.E.F.) on 17/3/17, where they were in action, attacking a German-held village called Lagnicourt in the Pas-De-Calais.
Killed 11 days later on 28th March 1917 - aged 26 - cause recorded as Artillery fire
Initially buried ½ mile south of Lagnicourt, but subsequently re-buried at Quéant Rd Cemetery, Buissy, plot VIII, row B, grave 18
In 2005 Geoff Carter became the first family member to visit his grave. 2Lt Norman was his Great Uncle.
Memorial Plaque at Mt Clarence, Albany, Western Australia