Born: 18th October 1882, Ipswich.
Died: 12th March 1915; age 33; KiA at Neuve Chapelle, France.
Employed: as a Labourer, at Paul’s Barley Factory, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich – September 1914.
Date of Entry Therein: 6th November 1914 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2200
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, ‘A’ Coy.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British & 1914 Star.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert Norman, a sailor.
Brother to STANLEY NORMAN.
1891 13, Arthur Street, Ipswich.
Robert was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Robert Norman, 28, a Seaman, born Ipswich.
Maria Louisa Norman ( nee Bumstead), 27, born Ipswich.
Margaret Norman, 11, born Ipswich.
Alice Maude Norman, 5, born Ipswich.
Sophia Norman, 2, born Ipswich.
1901 13, Arthur Street, Ipswich.
Robert was 18 years old, a Corn Merchants Labourer. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.
Alice, 15, a Stay Maker.
Arthur Norman, 8, born Ipswich.
Emily Norman, 5, born Ipswich.
Lily Caroline Norman, 4, born Ipswich.
William Norman, 2, born Ipswich.
Stanley Norman, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 50, Rosebery Road, Ipswich.
Robert was 28 years old, a Labourer for a Corn Merchants – Milling Trade. He was married & Head of the Household.
Robert attended St. Clement’s School, Ipswich.
On Christmas Day 1906, St. Helen’s Church, Ipswich, Robert married Alice Maud Prebble, 1884, Ipswich. They had 3 children:
Robert William Norman, September 1907, Ipswich.
Elsie May Norman, November 1909, Ipswich.
Arthur George Norman, May 1913, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Alice Maud Norman – widow.
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion
The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the out skirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counter attack on the 12th by the Germans. In total the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, ‘A’ Coy: