Biography

Birth date: 1886
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Creswick
Death date: 31 July 1917
Death place: Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Dickebusch
Final rank: Battery Sergeant Major
Service number: 843 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • 21st Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • 4th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • 102nd Australian (Howitzer) Battery

Norman Griffiths Ellsworth was born at Creswick, Victoria in 1886. He was educated at the Christ Church Grammar School in South Yarra, Melbourne and worked as a government employee with the Royal Mint. He had nine years of service with the militia, having spent time with 10th Light Horse and 5th Field Artillery prior to his enlistment in the Australian ImperialI Force on 19 August 1914. Ellsworth joined the 4th Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade and departed Sydney on board HMAT Shropshire on 20 October 1914. He was part of the crew that took the first gun ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and went on to serve on the Western Front in France and Belgium. He was transferred to the 21st Field Artillery Brigade on 30 December 1916, when he was also promoted to battery sergeant major. He also spent time with the 102nd and 116th Howitzer Batteries. Norman Ellsworth died of wounds received at Zillebeke in Belgium on 31 July 1917 and is buried at The Huts Cemetery, Belgium.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Battery Sergeant Major
  • Date of Death: 31 July 1917
  • Unit: 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Battery Sergeant Major
  • Unit: 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade

Photograph

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Original grave of 843 Battery Sergeant Major (BSM) Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, of Creswick, Vic. A civil servant prior to enlisting in South Yarra, Vic on 19 August 1914, BSM Ellsworth embarked from Melbourne, Vic, aboard HMAT Shropshire on 20 October 1914. He died of wounds...

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Digitised Collection

Letters from Norman Griffiths Ellsworth to his Mother, 1914-1915

Letters relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letters were written by Norman Ellsworth to his mother between 29 April 1914 to 27 December 1915. In the letters, Ellsworth comments...

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Letters from Norman Griffiths Ellsworth to his Mother, 1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letters were written by Norman Ellsworth to his mother between 12 January and 26 December 1916. In the letters, Ellsworth reports on...

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Letters from Norman Griffiths Ellsworth to his Family, 1917

Letters relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letters were written by Norman Ellsworth to his family between 12 January to 23 July 1917. In these letters, Ellsworth describes his...

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Typed copy of a newspaper article relating to Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 1915

Typed copy of a newspaper article relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The original newspaper article appeared in the Age on 25 October 1915. Titled 'The First Gun Ashore', it...

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Letter from Fred Biddle to Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 1916

Letter relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letter was written by Major Fred Leslie Biddle DSO to Norman Ellsworth on the 12 February 1916, and describes the evacuation of 4th...

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Letter from A.J. Peatling to Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 1916

Letter relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letter was written by Dr. A.J. Peatling to Norman Ellsworth on 6 April 1916 thanking him for his well-wishes and the brooch for his wife.

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Letter from May Tilton to Mrs Ellsworth, 1917

Letter relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letter was written by May Tilton, Norman Ellsworth's cousin, to her Aunt, Mrs Ellsworth on 3 August 1917, providing details about...

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Private Record

Ellsworth, Norman Griffiths (Battery Sergeant Major, d:1917)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102 Howitzer Battery (2 Field Artillery Brigade), Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium, 1914-1917. Collection consists of letters written home to family in South Yarra, Victoria. Maker: Ellsworth, Norman Griffiths

1DRL/0266 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1886
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of death 1917-07-31