Reginald Norman Keifer
Serial No. 50996
19th Battalion & 35th Battalion
Reginald Norman Keifer - Information
Reginald Norman was born in Ingleburn on the 24th of March 1896 to Phillip and Sarah Keifer. When the war began, Reginald was living with his family at Walhalla on Belgrove St in Kogarah. He had completed a 3 year apprenticeship with the Victor Motor Co. and 2 years with the Bugg Co. He eventually found work as an engineer, as a turner and fitter. When he was 21, Reginald enlisted in the AIF in Lithgow on the 12th of December 1917. Stationed to the Royal Showground Camp and the M & D Depot in Liverpool, he was made a Private with the 1st General Service Reinforcements. He embarked Sydney on the 8th of May 1918 onboard the RMS Osterley.
Reginald landed in Liverpool in mid July. He was then marched out to the 8th Training Battalion, where he was allotted to the 19th Battalion. At the end of the month, he was transferred to the 35th Battalion. However, while he was at Fovant, he went unaccounted for, for a half day and was subsequently fined 3 days pay. On the 30th of October, he was shipped to the Western Front in France. Luckily, the Armistice was signed and the war ended on November 11th. He remained with his unit until he was detached to the Australian Infantry Base Depot Headquarters for duty in February 1919. He received his travel orders, and left for Australia upon the Argyllshire on the 1st of August 1919.