Norman is remembered on the war memorial at the Town Hall, Ipswich.


Born: 1903, Ipswich.

Died: 26th June 1942; age: 39 – died at Military Hospital, Hilsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, from cillulitis of the forearm and pneumonia following a burn when frying eggs.

Residence: 3, Medway Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Corporal/Cook; Service Number: 1859173.

Regiment: Royal Engineers.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich New Cemetery,





1911   15, Holland Road, Ipswich.


Norman was 8 years old and living with his parents & paternal aunt.

George Last, 43, a Corporation Labourer – Town Council, born Badingham, Suffolk.

Rose Ann Last (nee Smith), born Boyton, Suffolk.

Elizabeth Last, 42, a Cook & Housekeeper – Domestic, born Badingham.


In 1930, Ipswich, Norman married Sybil Gertrude Maud West, born November 1909, Ipswich.


Probate to Leslie Jessup, a House Decorator, of 42, Tuddenham Avenue, Ipswich.


Portsmouth Evening News – 28th June 1940


 The death of a soldier cook after he had been burned on the left wrist by splashes of cooking fat was investigated by the Portsmouth City Coroner (Mr. P.H. Childs) at the Guildhall today.

The cook was Cpl. Norman Sidney George Last (39), of Medway Road, Ipswich, who was stationed near Cosham.

A verdict of “Accidental death from cillulitis of the forearm and pneumonia following the burn” was returned.

Sergt. Cook Arthur Lee said that Last hed served under him. Last was frying some eggs on June 17 and fat splashed on his arm. After treatment he was later removed to the military hospital.

Evidence of Last’s condition slowly deteriorating despite treatment was given by Lieut. McCartney, R.A.M.C.

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