Harry, the younger brother of Frederick and William Norton, was born in Weeting in 1898.

Called up in 1916, he joined the Norfolk Regiment on 30th July 1916. With training completed he was posted to France and joined the 1st Battalion "in the field" on December 30th.

On the 1st March 1917 he was admitted to No 7 General Hospital in St Omer, suffering from mumps. After a three week stay in the hospital he was discharged to duty and rejoined his batallion on the 23rd March.

His tour of duty was to be a short one. On April 20th he was admitted to 23 Casualty Clearing Station with foot problems. Two days later he was moved by train to 3 Canadian General Hospital Boulogne, where his condition was described as "trench feet".

This turned out to be his ticket to Blighty, and on the 25th April 1917 he was aboard the Hospital Ship "Jan Breydel" en-route to the Western General Hospital, Fazakerly in Liverpool

With the excption of 10 days Home Leave at the end of July, Harry remained un der the car of the hospital until 9th October 1917, when he was posted to the Norfolk's Base Depot.

In February 1918 he was transferred to the rAMC, and posted to Felixstow on 22nd March, followed by a mobe to Woolwich on 14th May 1918.

On 27th Sepetember 1918 he was posted to No 6 depot, Blackpool. He stayed here until 30th January 1919 when he was sent to Dispersal area 18A, Thetford. He was finally demobbed on 4th March 1919.

Victory Medal

British War Medal

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