Photographs courtesy of Obi Norton.
Sidney is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.
Born: 8th March 1912, Norwich, Norfolk.
Died: 17th June 1944; age: 32; KiA.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 407545.
Regiment: 24th Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles & Vestal Norton, of Eagle Street, Norwich, Norfolk; husband of Ivy Elizabeth Norton, of Ipswich.
Father: Charles Henry Norton, born September 1884, Norwich, Norfolk. A General Labourer. During the Second World War, Charles was an Air Raid Precautions Warden.
Mother: Vestal Norton (nee Saunders), born October 1884, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
In 1942, Ipswich, Sidney married Ivy Elizabeth Plant, born 1922, Ipswich, of 27, Cecil Road, Ipswich.
They had 1 son.
A family note: At the out break of ww2 he was already a serving soldier based in India but was brought back to the uk in 1939 where he met my nana and eventually married her in 1942 on his service records his address is given as Cecil Rd Ipswich.
Was born on 8th March 1912 at Trafalgar back street Norwich (Now demolished)
He was the Second youngest of four Siblings.
He lived all his childhood in Norwich
And after leaving school he worked as a shoe maker in one of Norwich’s shoe & boot factories.
At the age of 22 he joined the Army
His First Regiment was 2nd Dragoons (aka Queens Bays).
Serving with the 2nd Dragoons for approximately two years before being transferred to the 17/21st Lancers.
Most of his time spent serving in the 17/21L he was posted in Meerut, India.
Sidney was very interested in sports of all kinds and was a member of the Regiments Football team, Boxing team and Athletics Team
He was also an accomplished horse rider.
With the out break of ww2 the 17/21st Lancers were brought back to England where they served based at Colchester as the South East anti Invasion force.
But in 1940 Sidney was transferred to a new war raised cavalry Regiment the 24th Lancers.
However Whilst in Colchester Sidney met his wife to be Ivy Plant who lived in Ipswich.
In May 1942 Sidney married Ivy at St Nicholas Church, Ipswich.
And lived with Ivy at 27 Cecil Road Ipswich.
At the beginning of the war sidney was promoted to from Sergeant and trained to be a tank commander
whilst also being a regiment physical training instructor.
On D-day 6th June
Sidney landed with his Sherman tank (called Black Prince) part of B squadron fourth troop 24th Lancers in the late evening because of congestion on gold beach they were not able to land earlier.
From an post war account from sidney radio operator
Over the next 11 days his regiment saw action around Crepon, Bazenville, Cristot and Tilly surs seulles. To name but a few.
It was whilst attacking a small wooded park called Le Parc De Boislonde just one mile north of Fontenay le Pesnel at approximately 5pm that Sidney’s tank was hit by a high explosive round.
Which disabled his tank so all the crew had to bail out.
Because of sitting out of the top of the tank in the commanders place Sidney was wounded by the initial blast and after getting out of the tank he didn’t immediately get off the back of his tank.
It was then a second shell hit his tank which killed Sgt Sidney Norton.
Sidney Norton now rest in The Bayeux War Cemetery
Ipswich veteran: Mr Reginald Snowling a brave Ipswich resident who served during WW2 with the 24th Lancers and received the Legion d’honneur medal this month, Reg landed in France on D-Day day one, serving as a gunner on the third tank on the beach under heavy fire became bogged down in the sand, the first and second tank being knocked out Reg still continued to fire. Under air attack Reg recalls jumping out of the tank taking cover on the opposite side of the tank, moving from one side to the other. Once off the beach his tank was engaged in the attack on the heavily fortified towns and villages of Normandy confronted with the legionary German Tiger tank . Reg was wounded and continued to fight in Belgium and Holland. Reg also holds a record for knocking out two German tanks with one shell. Reg first landed in France with a Sherman tank then moved onto the lightweight Comet tank.