Norman was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1896 to Charles Cumming and Barbara Walker - he was one of many children, all born in Bacchus Marsh. Norman had two brothers, Athol and Charles (killed in action), who are also remembered in the Avenue.
Norman was a carpenter and gave his address as Preston, VIC, when he enlisted in the AIF, 17th Reinforcements, 5th Battalion on the 1st of March 1916, aged just under 20. He had previously served in both the Junior and Senior Cadets. He embarked in April aboard the HMAT A14 Euripides, disembarking in Egypt in May. Later that month he embarked for France.
Norman arrived at Marseilles, France in early June 1916 but several days later was admitted to hospital at Etaples, France suffering from Pyrexia. He was admitted to Queen Mary's Hospital, Southend on Sea, England two weeks later then to a Convalescent Depot - suffering from colitis. In September he was discharged from hospital to furlough. Some time between July and September he married a girl named Irene.
Towards the end of October 1916 Norman was on his way back to France where he transferred to the 60th Battalion, B Company. A month later he was again admitted to hospital, this time suffering from influenza and it was not until April 1917 that he rejoined his unit.
On the 12th of May 1917, during the Second Battle of Bullecourt, Norman suffered shrapnel wounds to the arm and abdomen, he also suffered two compound fractures to the legs. He was admitted to the 29th Casualty Clearing Station but died of his wounds the next day. Norman was buried at the Grevillers British Cemetery just outside Bapaume, France.
He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918 and the Roll of Honour for pupils of Parwan State School and also on the Roll of Honour of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Bacchus Marsh, held by the Bacchus Marsh Uniting Church.
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