The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private H J Norton


Private Horace John NORTON, G/18472, 11th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (formerly 2880, R.E.K.M.R.), killed in action, Flanders France, 20th September 1917, age 20.

Born 14th September 1897, East Guildford, near Rye, Sussex, enlisted May 1915, Willesborough, Kent resided Ashford, Kent. Formerly employed by Messrs J W Bugles Ltd, Ashford.

Son of Charles C. Norton, (farm labourer), and Alma, (daughter of Henry Bannister), of 2, Barrow Hill Cottages, Ashford, Kent.

Educated Council Schools, Ashford, Kent.

Served with the Expeditionary Force in France & Flanders from 20th September 1916.

His Commanding Officer wrote: "He was killed on his way back from Battalion Headquarters by shell fire, and we were all sorry, for he was invincible, cheerful & brave beyond words." He was awarded the Military Medal (London Gazette 31st July 1917), for conspicuous gallantry in the attack on Hollebeke.


Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Belgium.


London Gazette 18th October 1917.

His Majesty the KING has-been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the under mentioned Non-Commissioned Officers and Men: 

18472 Pte. H. J. Norton, Royal West Kent Regiment. (Ashford).

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