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Soldier profiles

Name : FARTCH, NORMAN LYALL
Service Number : VX19633
Date of Birth : 31/10/1908
Place of Birth : MOUNT GAMBIER, SA
Known as :
Occupation on Enlistment : PORTER, RELIEVING STATION MASTER (VICTORIAN RAILWAYS)
Date of Enlistment : 06/06/1940
Locality on Enlistment : MYERS FLAT, VIC
Place of Enlistment : CAULFIELD, VIC
Next of Kin : FARTCH, HARRY
Rank (at time of discharge / death) : SERGEANT
Service : ARMY
Final Posting : 2/2 PIONEER BATTALION
Position / Platoon / Company (as 2/2 Pioneer) (date / details) :
Unit Transfers / Promotions (date / details) :
Theatres of War : SYRIA
Actions :
Wounded (date / details) :
Discharged : N/A
Date Died : 17/06/1941
Age at Death : 32
Community Roll of Honour : SEALAKE (VIC), NEERIM (VIC)
Buried Location / Memorial (P.O.W., D.O.W., K.I.A.) : DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY, SYRIA. M. 19. / AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COMMEMORATIVE AREA PANEL 72
K.I.A. (date / details) : 17/06/1941 / FORT MERDJAYOUN (SYRIA)
D.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
M.I.A. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. (location/s) : NO
Died P.O.W. (date / details) : N/A
P.O.W. Camps (details) : N/A
Recovered P.O.W. (location/s) : N/A
Honours and Gallantry : None for display
Applicable Australian War Memorial circulars : Australian War Memorial Death Circular
References found (entries & photos) : National Archives of Australia (Barcode 6216440 [DIGITISED]),   WW2 Nominal Roll,   Commonwealth War Graves Commission,   Australian War Memorial,   Past article (size 262kB)

Background : Son of Harry George and Elizabeth Helen Fartch, of Essendon, Victoria, Australia. Brother of Alfred G. Fartch. Educated at Neerim. Member of Sealake Fire Brigade.

Service & personal summary At enlistment : single. Previous military experience : 3 years Civilian Forces, 1 year Militia Victoria. Blue eyes, brown hair.

Service record
06/06/1940 Taken on strength Recruit Reception Depot Caulfield, Victoria.
08/06/1940 Posted to 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
11/08/1940 Promoted to acting Corporal Puckapunyal, Seymour, Victoria.
29/03/1941 Appointed acting Lance Sergeant Balcombe, Mt. Martha, Victoria.
08/04/1941 Embarked Sydney, New South Wales on H.M.S. Queen Mary (H.M.T. N.N.).
03/05/1941 Disembarked Middle East.
07/04/1941 Rank of Sergeant confirmed.
17/06/1941 Reported missing in action and transferred to X list.
17/06/1941 Previously reported missing in action, now killed in action.
09/09/1941 Buried in grave number M19 Damascus British War Cemetery.