It is with sad regret that many on the Island of Crete and the Greek Community of Melbourne will mourn the passing of Norman William Maddock an ANZAC veteran on Saturday June 20th, 2020 at the age of 97.
The announcement of Norman Maddock’s demise came from The Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne which said he passed away on Saturday. It went on to state that he was the very last Anzac veteran from the State of Victoria. He continued until the end, honouring #Cretans with his presence at commemorative events for the #BattleofCrete in Melbourne.
The Cretan Federation statement said: “Norman together with his fellow comrades served the Australian Imperial Forces with distinction and in particular for their service and sacrifice on the Island of Crete in 1941.
“He, together with all our other #ANZAC Crete Veterans will forever be remembered.”
Known simply as “Norm”, Maddock arrived in the world in 1923 in Melbourne. Keen to serve he enlisted at the tender age of 17yo.
Norm served with the 2nd/7th Infantry Battalion in the Middle East and fought in several places including Tobruk before his battalion was deployed to Greece in April 1941. He was involved in a series of actions aimed at delaying the German military advance, but notably facilitating the successful withdrawal of thousands of allied troops – The Brits, the Aussies, the Kiwis, the Indians and others – an event that became known as the Battle of Crete 1941.
Fast forward to 2007, Norm was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for ‘service to Victorian Tramways, particularly through the Malvern Tramways Museum, and in his role as a union official.
Then in 2010 and 2011 he received accolades from the Cretan authorities, culminating in 2016 when the Head of the Hellenic Defence Forces, Konstantinos Floros honoured “Norm” for his wartime service to Crete and Greece.