Biography

Birth date: 20 February 1904
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: W243944 - Second World War, 1939-1945
WX3421 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 24th A-Tk Co
  • 2/28th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/28th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 24th A-Tk Co
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

055166

CAIRNS, QLD. 1943-08-03. WX3393 CAPTAIN H. J. FREEDMAN, ADJUTANT, (LEFT) AND WX3421 LIEUTENANT COLONEL C. H. B. NORMAN DSO MC, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 2/28TH BATTALION, BESIDE AN AMMUNITION DUMP ON THE WHARF.

055166

055167

CAIRNS, QLD. 1943-08-03. WX3421 LIEUTENANT COLONEL C. H. B. NORMAN DSO MC, COMMANDING OFFICER, 2/28TH BATTALION, SIGNING EMBARKATION DOCUMENTS ON THE WHARF.

055167

068466

RAVENSHOE, QLD. 1944-08-05. OFFICERS AND NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS WHO WERE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE 2/28TH INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- WX4415 STAFF SERGEANT P. ADAMS (1); WX5324 SERGEANT H.G. BAKER (2); WX5685 LANCE CORPORAL W.C. MAHER (3); WX3628 SERGEANT F.H. PAPPRILL (4);...

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054973

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. COMPETITIONS IN "SKILL AT ARMS" BETWEEN UNITS AND PERSONNEL OF THE 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, WERE CARRIED OUT. HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WAS THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST. VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS, BRIGADE COMMANDER, IS READY TO TAKE THE SALUTE. WITH HIM,...

054973

054984

KAIRI, QLD. 1943-07-31. SX9479 CAPTAIN J. H. WILTON MC LEADS THE 24TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE, HEADQUARTERS, PAST THE SALUTING BASE IN THE "CEREMONIAL COMPANIES" MARCH PAST. VX47819 BRIGADIER B. EVANS DSO TOOK THE SALUTE. ALSO SHOWN ARE: MAJOR P. F. B. WHITE; WX3421 LIEUTENANT COLONEL C. H....

054984

067881

TRINITY BEACH, QLD. 1944-07-23. MEMBERS OF THE SYNDICATES ATTENDING THE STAFF AND COMMAND COURSE FOR SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE 7TH DIVISION, THE 9TH DIVISION AND CORPS UNITS ARRANGED BY HEADQUARTERS, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX15834 CAPTAIN A.J.C. NEWTON, 24TH INFANTRY BRIGADE...

067881

Film

Landing on Labuan by 24 Australian Infantry Brigade

Activities of troops on board Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 637-1 on Saturday 9th June 1945 (D-1) prior to landing on Labaun Island. Australian troops in Victoria Town. VX67583 Lieutenant Neil Herbert Payne outlining plan for landing. Lance Corporal Bayless shaving before the landing. Private Round...

F07224

Occupation of Kuala Belait, Brunei and Seria

Captain A. W. Smith Officer in command of the 9th Australian Division Provost Company, entering Prisoner of War (POW) compound where Japanese POWs and collaborators are kept. The prisoners on parade for identity check. Captain A. W. Smith, inspecting Japanese POW. Close ups of Japanese soldiers...

F07230

Timeline

Date of birth 1904-02-20
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1939-02-02
Interwar Service 1 1939-02-02 Tpr 10th Light Horse
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)
Career summary 1 lieutenant 25th Light Horse(MG)
Career summary 3 Camp Mar
Career summary 40 *** POST WAR ***
Career summary 7 course anti tank 14 Nov
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.'
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 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.
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.
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.'
Citations 9 -Ext Sheet DW30/41, LG 36337/44
WW2 Service 1 Benghazi
WW2 Service 2 El Alamein
WW2 Service 3 New Guinea