The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Norman Herbert
- Nick Name:
- Lance Sergeant (Promoted 8.10.1941)
- Regimental #:
- ‘C’ Company Headquarters
- Place of Birth:
- Fremantle, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Thomas George Grant
- Mothers's Name:
- Dora May Grant (nee Pearce)
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Truck Driver and Miner
- Selarang Camp Changi, River Valley Road Transfer Camp.
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Tavoy, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Melilo 75km, Aungganaung 105km
- Camps Japan:
- Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17 Omuta (underground supervisor)
- 2682 and 1585
- Awa Maru Party, Kumi No. 41
- Return Details 1945:
- Nagasaki-Manila, USS Lunga Point; Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker; Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch
Norm Grant enlisted AIF 16 Aug 1940. He later joined 2/4th’s ‘C’ Coy HQ as a driver – promoted Lance Sergeant on 8 Oct 1941.
As a POW in Singapore he left on the first work party – 3,000 Australian POWs with ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion sailed to south west Burma where they would first work on repairing and expanding airfields before making their way to the northern end of the railway in Burma. They arrived in Thetkaw to start work on 1st Oct 1942.
When the railway was completed the Japanese began bringing all POWs in Burma southwards into Thailand into one of several large camps. At this time Grant’s mate John Needham was evacuated to Khonkan Hospital Camp with ulcers on his right foot. He died of pneumonia on 5 Dec 1943 aged 30 years. Needham and Grant had both been drivers with ‘C’ Coy HQ.
In Thailand Grant was selected ‘fit’ by the Japanese to work in Japanese. He sailed on ‘Awa’ Maru to Japan. Please read.
With his experience in mining, Lance Sergeant Grant was made underground supervisor.
Norm survived to return home.
Norm had married about 1940 in East Coolgardie to Patricia Whait.
In 1943 he was recorded residing at Norseman working as a miner.
In 1949 Norm and Patricia were residing York Road, Glen Forest, Norm working as a driver.
In 1958 the couple were residing Staines Street, Victoria Park. Norm working as a driver.
Norm died 2 Dec 1975 at Mt Lawley aged 64 years. His wife predeceased him – Patricia Mary Grant died 19 March 1970 aged 50 years.
Norm and Patricia’s eldest child and son Norman George aged 18 years died July 1950. The couple had a large family.
- River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
- Saigon - French Indo China
- Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma