SERVICE NO: 758
YEAR OF BIRTH: 1896
PLACE OF BIRTH: Hamilton
DATE OF ENLISTMENT: 1 October 1914
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT: Hamilton
AGE AT ENLISTMENT: 18
UNIT: 46th Battalion (late 14th Battalion, F Company)
EMBARKED: 22 December 1914
TROOPSHIP: HMAT A38 Ulysses
FATE: Died of Wounds – 27 September 1917 – Belgium
Norman Edward McPhee was born to William McPhee and Mary Williams of Goldsmith Street Hamilton in 1896. He attended the Hamilton State School and the Milton Street Sunday School. On 1 October 1914, when just eighteen years and one month, Norman enlisted. He left with the 14th Battalion on 22 December 1914 for Egypt. Norman was at the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
After returning to Egypt, Norman transferred to the newly formed 46th Battalion on 3 March 1916 and proceeded to France in June 1916. Their first battle on the Western Front was Pozieres. On 26 August, Norman was promoted to Corporal.
On 13 March 1917, the Hamilton Spectator reported Norman’s mother had heard that he’d been “slightly wounded” in France. In that month, Norman was granted furlough in England and he did not rejoin his battalion, then in Belgium, until 4 August 1917. On 15 September 1917, Norman was promoted to Sergeant.
Norman suffered severe gunshot wounds on 26 November 1917. His injuries were to both thighs and ankles and he died in hospital the next day. Norman had only just turned twenty-one
A report of his death in the Hamilton Spectator on 11 October 1917, noted that in 1060 days with the AIF, Norman had served at Gallipoli including the landing, Pozieres, Somme and Bullecourt. A tree was planted for Norman along Hamilton’s Anzac Avenue and his name is on the Hamilton War Memorial.