Oliver, Norman Rudland MiD


War Service:
Private 50371 NORMAN RUDLAND OLIVER died on 27 March 1918 while serving with the 7th Company of the Imperial Camel Corps. He was 25. He had originally served with the 3rd London Yeomanry. At some point in his military service he had been Mentioned in Despatches.

The Imperial Camel Corps was established in early 1916 with men drawn from existing mounted and yeomanry units and consisted of 4 battalions : two Australian, one ANZAC and one British. The Corps was deployed as mounted infantry, the camels providing mobility but the troops fighting on foot.

On the morning of 27 March 1918 the British battalion and one of the Australian battalions advanced in a frontal attack on the defences of the town of Amman. Leaving their camels behind a ridge they advanced on foot but came under heavy Turkish machine gun fire and were forced to withdraw.

In mid 1918 most of the Battalions were disbanded, but the British battalion was not formally disbanded until May 1919, and maintained an important patrolling role up to the end of the War.

He is buried and remembered in Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorials at Brownhill Road Baptist Church, Brownhill Road Central School and the Bellingham Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club. His name also appears on the Imperial Camel Corps Memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens.

He was the son of Henry and Lelia Oliver of 102 Arran Road, Catford. His younger brother William died on 20 October 1918 while serving with the 2/20th London Regiment.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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