A grainy image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917


Born: 8th June 1887, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Baptised: 21st November 1888, at Christ Church, Lowestoft. Parents – Margaret Ellen and James George Norman, a labourer, of 59, Reeve Street, Lowestoft.

Died: 13th November 1916; age 28; KiA.

Residence: 86, Hervey Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Salesman at Messrs. Stammers’ and Son, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 29721

Regiment: Bedfordshire Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 2C.

Thiepval Memorial,






1891   10, Reeve Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Percy was 4 years old and living with his parents and siblings.

James George Norman, 33, a Railway Labourer, born Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Margaret Ellen Norman (nee Howlett), 32, a Tailoress, born Kirkley, Suffolk.

Hannah Eliza Norman, 12, born Lowestoft.

Edith Louisa Norman, 9, born Kirkley.

James William Norman, 7, born Lowestoft.

Gordon Henry Norman, 1, born Lowestoft.


1901   178, Pakefield Street, Kirkley, Suffolk.


Percy was 15, an Errand Boy at the Port. He was living with his parents & siblings.

James, 43, a G.E.R. Labourer.

Margaret, 41.

Louisa, 19, a Tailoress – own account.

James, 17, an Errand Boy at the Port.

Gordon, 11.

Bertie Frederick Norman, 11, born Lowestoft.

Margaret Ellen Norman, 4, born Lowestoft.

Ethel Maud Norman, 2, born Lowestoft.


1911   29, Harvey Cottages, Thurleston Road, Lowestoft.


Percival was 23 years old and a Carmen for a House Furnisher; born Lowestoft, Suffolk. He was married and head of the household.

Emily Ethel Norman, 24, Dressmaker – own account.

1 son.


On the 12th January 1908, at St. Margaret’s Church, Lowestoft, 20 year old Percival, an Upholster, of 10, Reeve Street, Lowestoft married 20 year old Emily Ethel Youngman, of 29, Thurston Road, Lowestoft, born April 1887, Harrogate, North Yorkshire – daughter of Edward George Youngman, a coachman – livery stables and Amelia Louisa Youngman (nee Mace), of 29, Thurston Road, Lowestoft.

Emily and Percival had one son:

Percival William Norman, born November 1908, Harvey Cottages, Thurston Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Emily E. Norman – widow.


Percival is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church Ipswich.


Percival’s brother, Gordon Henry Norman, was also KiA, on the 28th September 1916, aged 27. Gordon was ranked a Private, service number 25104, for the Suffolk Regiment, 8th Battalion. He too is also remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Gordon lived at 10, Reeve Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk. He was a Bridgeman at Lowestoft Harbour.


Bedfordshire Regiment, 4th Battalion

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