MOORE, Norman Joseph

Norman was one of two sons of John and Martha Moore to serve during World War 1.  His birth was registered in 1887. The Moore family lived at Gum Flat, west of Inverell when he enlisted in January 1916 giving his age as twenty eight and occupation as Labourer.  He and his brother Clarence joined other district men to form the Second Contingent of The Kurrajongs who left Inverell together on 29 February for the Narrabri, Armidale and Rutherford camps.

As a member of the 33rd Battalion, Norman sailed from Australia in May 1916 on HMAT A74 Marathon, arriving in England in July.  Training continued at Salisbury Plain until he was transferred to the 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery and send to France in November. Two months later Norman was promoted to Corporal however his war was shortened in March 1917 when he was wounded in action and returned to England where his thumb had to be amputated.  As a result he was returned to Australia for home service.  He was medically discharged in August and granted a pension of one pound and threepence per fortnight. His younger brother Clarence was Killed in Action in 1918.

After the War Norman married and lived in the Inverell district until his death in 1949.  His name is inscribed on the Methodist Church Honor Roll and the Inverell town Honor Roll.

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