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428988 Private Norman Lewis Fearon – NZ Temporary Services

Norman Lewis Fearon was born on 25th January 1909[i] in Timaru the son of Sarah Jane (nee Kyle) and John Fearon. Norman was the youngest of thirteen children[ii], two of his older brothers served in World War One[iii].

Prior to World War Two Norman worked as a night porter holding positions in Carterton, Rotorua and Wellington.
Norman volunteered for military service but was declared medically unfit on 13th August 1940.  In February 1941
Norman was working at the Tavistock Hotel, Waipukarau when it was reported he suffered a serious wound in the left
arm.

Norman was selected in the May 1941 Military Ballot where he is listed as a night porter at Holly Wood House,
Wellington.[iv] On 26th August 1941 Norman Lewis Fearon was attested papers were signed. It notes that he was working for the Wellington Hospital Board and that his older brother William Fearon, Wellington is listed as his next of kin.

428988 Private Fearon had indicated a preference for service in NZ Artillery when he entered camp on 26th March 1942
he was posted with the NZ Temporary Services.  Private Fearon appears to have spent his service at Waiouru Military
Camp.

On 11th March 1944 Private Fearon went before a medical board where his eye sights, blood pressure and psorasis resulted in him being medically regarded and discharged from the army.

No information has been found on Norman’s life between his discharge from the army in 1944 and his death in Porirua Mental Hospital on 30th September 1968.

Norman Lewis Fearon is buried in the old Porirua Cemetery.

Notes
Private Fearon was awarded the following medals
War Medal 1939 – 1945
NZ War Service Medal

References
NZ BDM Online
Archway Archives Military Files
Paperspast Online
Copy NZ BDM 168/48269

Photos
Waiouru Military Camp 1940-41: Nat Lib PA Coll 6075 46
Fearon grave Porirua Cemetery (Mel Macdonald)

[i] NZBDM
[ii] NZ BDM
[iii] Archway Archives Military Files
[iv] NZ Army Ballot
 
Waiouru Military Camp 1940 - 1941