Category: Conscientious Objector
Rank: Private 1709
Regiment or Ship: 4th Eastern Company Non Combatant Corps
Service Number(s): 1709
Date of Birth: 23.06.1882
Place of Birth: Rotherfield, Sussex
Date of Death: April 1973
Place of Death: Hastings, South Place of Burial / Memorials:
Bexhill Cemetery (Grave Ref DAF 16) Buried 18-04-1973
Address: 11 Little Common Road, Bexhill on Sea
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There is no record of George Norman ever marrying.
Father – Trayton Norman – born 22.11.1848, Christened 07.01.1849 at Rotherfield, Sussex, died June quarter 1973, Hastings district. Parents (His parents were a William & Mary Norman)
Mother – Mary Ann Norman (née Madge) born 1853, in Cardiff, Wales
They were married in 1871, at St. Thomas Church, Devon.
William Norman born 1873, in Rotherfield, Sussex, married Ruth Martin (born 1876, in New House, Northiam) in 1886, in Hastings District, Sussex
Rhoda Norman born 1877, in Rotherfield, Sussex
Alfred Norman born 1880, in Rotherfield, Sussex
Frank Norman born 1886, in Rotherfield, Sussex, married May Buckley, (in 1916), in Hastings District, Sussex
Family of William and Ruth Norman (George’s nephews and nieces)
Frank Martin Norman, son, born 190, in Bexhill, Sussex
Douglas James Norman, son, born 1902 in Herstmonceux, Sussex
Olive Hilda Marjory Norman, daughter, born 1908 in Herstmonceux, Sussex
First World War Experience
According to his “Casualty form – Active Service” (Army Form B 103), George was called up for service on 5th June 1916, but did not leave England. He joined the 4th Eastern Company N. C. C. on 7th June 1916 and was transferred to No. 2 Western Company N. C. C. 22.06.1917.
His “Statement of Services” (Army Form B 200) has survived but what little is written on it is very faint and mainly unreadable.
His “Regimental Conduct Sheet” (Army Form B120) is clean with no misconduct entered.
There is no sign of his “Medal Rolls Index card”
His Medical Record only states that he suffered from myopia in both eyes and that a prescription had been given to him for glasses – at his own expense.
George Norman was a Conscientious Objector and went before the Local Tribunal on 10th March 1916. The hearing was reported in both the Observer and the Chronicle on March 11th 1916.
Exemption wasn’t granted nor was service in a Non-Combatant Corps but that was where George served throughout the war.
George survived the war but what he did on his return, and where he went to live, is not known. A search through local directories for the years after the war, may find him still living in Little Common.
Other Addresses: 1891 census – “Woodside Cottage”, Rotherfield, Sussex
1901 census – 3, Beaconsfield Terrace, Bexhill, Sussex
1911 census – 11, Little Common Road, Bexhill, Sussex