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Captain Charles Norman

 

 

Norman 1

 

Charles Norman was born on 16 May 1879 at Glengollan, Fahan, County Donegal, son of land proprietor Thomas Norman DL JP and Annie Norman (nee Norman).

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry on 17 July 1903, transferring to the newly formed North Irish Horse in July 1908. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on 6 February 1909, and captain on 22 April 1913. On 20 July 1914 he left the North Irish Horse and became a captain in the Reserve of Officers.

On the outbreak of war Norman was attached to the 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers, going to France at some stage prior to 22/23 November 1914.

On 14 February 1916 he joined the 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry. He was later attached to the Royal Horse Artillery. On 12 February 1917, while serving with that regiment in France, he was accidentally but fatally injured. He was aged 37.

Captain Norman was buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France, grave III.B.10. The gravestone inscription reads:

CAPTAIN
C. NORMAN
NORTH IRISH HORSE
12TH FEBRUARY 1917.

ONE OF MANY WHO PERISHED
NOT IN VAIN
AS A TYPE OF OUR CHIVALRY.

 

His brother-in-law, Lieutenant Joseph Ewing Bruce Miller of the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, had died of wounds on 24 May 1915. Norman’s wife, Helen Frances Mary Norman (nee Miller), died on 19 September 1918, aged 27.

 

Norman at the front of the now demolished estate house at Glengollan in Fahan, Donegal. (Image courtesy of A. Markham)

 

 

Larne Weekly Telegraph, 23 November 1912

 

Gravestone image kindly provided by Simon Godly from his First World War website at www.webmatters.net. Images 1 and 4 show Norman with officers of the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry in 1904 and 1905.