Norbert Joseph Byrnes

First Name: 
Norbert
Middle Name: 
Joseph
Last Name: 
Byrnes
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, July 23, 1878
Mother's Name: 
Mary Byrnes nee Crumpton
Father's Name: 
Richard Byrnes
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, October 7, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
47th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, August 9, 1917
Place of Death: 
Messines, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Norbert Joseph Byrnes (Service No 2966A) was born in the Hawksbury River area.

At enlistment in Brisbane, Qld, he was 38 years old, single and worked as a labourer. Norbert listed his brother, in Wollongong, N.S.W., as his next of kin.

He embarked on HMAT A74 Marathon, with the 47th battalion, 7th Reinforcement, on 27th October 1916. Norbert arrived in England on 9th January 1917, and joined the 47th Battalion in the field on 7th April 1917. He served on the Western Front until he was killed in action at Messines, Belgium. Norbert left the trench to hunt a sniper in the area and was never seen again. He was initially listed as missing but declared killed in action at a later date.

Norbert's brother, Richard Percy Byrnes (Service No 38326), also served.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BYRNES N J

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