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Aspinall N W  Pte 3085

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Aspinall N W  Pte 3085    Norman Wilfred   6 Inf Bn    19    Clerk    Single    C of E        

Address: Ascot Vale, Francis St, 87    

Next of Kin: Aspinall, M, Mrs, 87 Francis St, Ascot Vale    

Enlisted: 12 Jul 1915        

Embarkation: RMS Osterley 29 Sep 1915  

Awards:  Military Medal                                                                    


Relatives on Active Service:

Aspinall F R Sapper 17 brother

Aspinall W H Pte 3010  brother  KIA

Hancock F Pte 4720 brother in law

Martin H W-Pte- 4728 cousin KIA

Martin-N-L-Pte-4727  cousin


Associated with Newmarket Church of Christ




The following is extracted from a letter sent to Mrs. M. E. Aspinall, of 87 Francis street, Ascot Vale, from her son, Sgt. Norman Aspinall. He says : Our batttalion has a good name here; the Brigadier thinks it is the best in the brigade. In fact, he told them so in front of the other battalions this afternoon. He also told us that he was speaking to another general, who said that he never saw a battalion march like ours, when we were entering the line.


We have had games of football behind the lines, and our company were runners-up in the final for premiership for the battalion. Our company took out all the events in the battalion sports held to-day. There are brigade sports on Anzac Day April 25th, and am looking forward to our battalion being champions, as they were last year in Egypt. I was in Bapaume the day after the Town Hall was blown up. Our battalion was the first to enter it after the German retreat, and a sergeant usher of our company, from Essendon, was the first Australian to enter it. He is also one of the Swanston street Church of Christ boys.


One of my mates, George McLeod, of Ascot Vale, has won a military medal for bravery under fire, so convey to his mother our congratulations. In another letter to hand, he writes that Private Frank Hancock, of Flemington, (a son-in-law of Mrs. Aspinall) has been recommended for a military medal for bravery under very heavy artillery fire, in trying to bring  in from"No Man's Land" a captain a prominent Geelong footballer. Since receiving these letters Sgt. N. Aspinall has been admitted to hospital, England, suffering from severe trench fever.


OUR SOLDIERS. (1917, August 2). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 5 Edition: Morning. Retrieved May 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74603267 




War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall A-F

Flemington State School                                                            

St Pauls Anglican Church, Ascot Vale                                                

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour Wounded 

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