Frederick NORTON

Frederick was born in 1895, the son of Emma and Harry Norton. After working as a fram labourer he enlisted in the Bedford Regiment on 11th December 1915.

He was mobilised on the 18th March 1916 and joined the 9th battalion two days later. FRederick spend September with the 3rd Batallion. On October 4th he joined the BEF in France and on the 20th was posted to the 2nd Batallion.

The Thetford & Watton Times of 21 July 1917 reported:

Last Saturday serious official news was received by Mr and Mrs H Norton, The Kennels, Weeting, which stated that their son, Private Frederick Norton was dangerously wounded in France. He was wounded in both legs, arm and foot. A letter followed from hospital stating that one leg had been amputated.

Frederick's military record states that he suffered multiple gun shot wounds, after which his right shin was amputated.

He was discharged as no longer fit for service due to a "disabling GSW right thigh (amputation)" on 26th July 1918

Silver War Badge

Victory Medal

British War Medal

Silver War Badge

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