On Tuesday, 2 April 2019 we honoured Private Norman Claude Wilson at a Last Post Ceremony.
Norman was born 1887 in Whittlesea, Victoria. He was 27 years old working as a surveyors assistant in the Northern Territory before returning to Victoria where he enlisted to the AIF – the Australian Imperial Forces – in November of 1914.
In May 1915, Norman embarked for the shores of Gallipoli aboard the HMAT Menominee where he joined the 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment.
A part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade, the 8th Regiment formed the first two waves for the Brigade’s disastrous attack on the Nek in August 1915 and suffered heavily. Exhausted and under-strength, the regiment then played a defensive role until it finally left the peninsula in December 1915.
After leaving the peninsula the regiment headed to Egypt where they participated in several advances against the Turkish that followed and led to the capture of Jerusalem in December 1917 and the capture of Tiberius and Sasa in September 1918.
During his service Norman sustained a gunshot wound to his right shoulder that was severe enough for him to be evacuated. He then suffered from several bouts of severe illness that led him to be hospitalised with malaria from which he did not recover and passed away on the 18th of October 1918.
The family name will be forever remembered in Wilson Crescent, Moil, Darwin.
His name is listed on the Cenotaph, amongst fellow Territorians who died while serving. His is but one of the many stories of service and sacrifice to be told at the Cenotaph.