WX3421 (W243944) Colin Hugh Boyd Norman, DSO, MC

Date of birth1904-02-20 Sydney, NSW 
Interwar Service 1  1939-02-02  Tpr 10th Light Horse 
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs)  1939-02-02   
Interwar Service 2  1939-05-01  CPlatoon 25th Light Horse(MG) 
Date commissioned  1939-09-28   
Career summary 2  1939-12  Camp  
Career summary 4  1940-07-05  Recruit Reception Depot Claremont (Asst QM and Catering Offr) 
Career summary 5  1940-08-08  captain 2/28th battalion 
Career summary 6  1940-08-09  seconded officer commanding 24th Brigade anti tank Company 
Career summary 8  1941-01-30  arrived Middle East 
Career summary 9  1941-02-07 - 1941-03-28  attached Headquarters 24th Br 
Career summary 10  1941-06-28  Military Cross 
Career summary 11  1941-10-19  attached Headquarters AIF Middle East 12 
Career summary 12  1941-11-02  attached Headquarters 9thDivision 
Career summary 13  1941-12-07 - 1941-01-31  course Middle East Tactical School #8 Motor Contact officers Course 
Career summary 14  1941-12-11  liaison officer 
Career summary 15  1942-01-30  major 
Career summary 16  1942-08-06  returned to unit 2iC (2/28th battalion ) 
Career summary 17  1942-09-18 - 1942-10-15  course Middle East Tactical Sc 
Career summary 18  1942-12-31 - 1943-01-13  course Middle East Combined Operations School 
Career summary 19  1943-02-18  Returned to Australia (Fremantle) 
Career summary 20  1943-07-18  attached Headquarters 9thDivision13 
Career summary 21  1943-07-22  temporary lieutenant colonel, commanding officer 2/28th battalion 
Appointment  1943-07-22 - 1945-07-30  Battalion: 2/28th; Rank on appointment: lieutenant colonel; Appointed from: 2iC 2/28th battalion ; Reason for end of appointment: demobilised 
Career summary 22  1943-08-11  arrived Milne Bay 
Career summary 23  1943-12-06  Companion of the Distinguished Service Order 
Career summary 24  1943-12-22  medical malaria 6 
Career summary 25  1944-01-20  lieutenant colonel (bd 22 Jul 43) 
Career summary 26  1944-01-28  Returned to Australia (Townsville ) 
Career summary 27  1944-03-25  attached Headquarters 9thDivision 
Career summary 28  1944-04-15  medical (tinea) 
Career summary 29  1944-04-27  returned to unit (2/28th battalion ) 
Career summary 30  1944-05-29 - 1944-07-15  medical (mala 
Career summary 31  1944-07-19 - 1944-07-31  course Command and Staff Cse, Comb Operations S 
Career summary 32  1944-09-20  medical (furonculosis) 1 
Career summary 33  1945-02-21 - 1945-04-09  course Land Headquarters Tactical senior offi 
Career summary 34  1945-04-09 - 1945-05-05  attached Planning  
Career summary 35  1945-04-21  arrived Morotai 
Career summary 36  1945-05-30  arrived B North Borneo 
Career summary 37  1945-07-30  relinquished command 2/28th battalion 
Career summary 38  1945-08-12  Returned to Australia 
Career summary 39  1945-10-27  Reserve of Officers 
Career summary 41  1948-04-01  commanding officer 11/44th battalion 
Career summary 44  1949-01-11 - 1953-01-11  aide de camp to Governor General 
Career summary 42  1951-07-01  brigadier command 13th Brigade 
Career summary 43  1953-02-20  Reserve of Officers 
Career summary 45  1962-11-20  honourary colonel Australian Cdt Corps (W Comd) 
Citations 2    'On the morning of the 2 May 41, Capt Norman, who is in charge of the 24 Aust A/Tk Coy, was ordered to place his guns in position near the Western perimeter defences at TOBRUK. He selected the sites for the guns, and cuased them to be placed in position. At about 0800 60 tks entered the perimeter. The guns of the A.Tk Coy (reconditioned Italian 47mm, without shields or protection) were responsible for putting 4 tks out of commission even though subject to heavy arty and M.G. fire from the tks, and M.G. fire from ground positions. The recces made by Capt NORMAN and control of his company during the action were largely responsible for the success gained. Throughout the morning, the bearing and cheerfulness of this officer ddid much to inspire his men, and the excellent handling of his guns was a big feature in holding up the penetration by large numbers of enemy tanks.' 
Career summary 40    *** POST WAR *** 
Career summary 7    course anti tank 14 Nov 
Citations 3    -Ext Sheet DW 3/41, LG 35250/41 
Citations 5    'In the campaign against LAE 6-15 Sep 43. The 2/28 Bn were commanded and led by Lt/Col C.H.B. NORMAN, M.C. 
Citations 8    Lt/Col NORMAN led and fought his Bn to a pphysical standstill, accouting for hundreds of Japs killed and unknown number wounded. Field guns, LMGs, MMGs, 20 MM AA Guns all fell before his onslaught. Every objective given him by Brigade HQ was taken with the utmost despatch. On more than one occaison he was cut off from the bulk of his comd so keen was he to b in everything. By his outstanding and courageous offensive leadership Lt/Col NORMAN set the standart [sic] for the whole Bn, and his opposed river crossing paved the way for the subsequent successful operations of the Bde.' 
WW2 Service 3    New Guinea 
Citations 9    -Ext Sheet DW30/41, LG 36337/44 
WW2 Service 1    Benghazi 
WW2 Service 2    El Alamein 
Citations 7    He established a bridgehead for the Bde killing 111 Japs, and capturing enemy weapons and equipment. By Sep 14 Lt/Col NORMAN had led action after action without pause or rest until he was astride the main North South Road at MALAHANG Anchorage. 
Career summary 3    Camp Mar 
Career summary 1    lieutenant 25th Light Horse(MG) 
Citations 6    This outstanding officer was ordered to cross the BUSU River - a raging torrent some 40 yds wide. Repeated attempts tto cross by small units had failed. At 1730 hrs 9 Sep Lt/Col. NORMAN advanced with his whole Bn in battle formation, entered the river and although company after company were swept off their feet and carried down stream, there was no faltering. Lt/Col NORMAN landed the great bulk of hiss Bn and rapidly reorganising, led them against the enemy. 

Extra Service Number: W243944; Militia Number: 515951; Occupation: Stock Buyer