1894 – 1916

George was the youngest son of Robert Seaman Norris and Elizabeth Norris nee Smith, his father Robert born 1851 Hacheston Suffolk and died in the Samford registration district Suffolk 1940 he was a farm worker, his mother before marriage worked as a servant, she was born 1854 in Saxmundham Suffolk and died 1920 in Samford district. The couple had married 1878 in Parham.

George was educated in Capel school along with his brother Frederick, they were two of the eight children born to Robert and Elizabeth, the children were Edward b1878 Arthur b1880 Florence b1882 Anna b1885 Albert b1887 Frederick b1891 George b1894 and one other not traced. Six of the children were born in Parham George being born in Marlesford.

George enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment in 1914 as Private 8930 Norris by early December he was in France, and would during 1915 seen active service. The winter of 1915-16 was cold and wet, with trenches ankle deep in water without duck boards to walk on resulting in many casualties not from enemy action but, frost bite, pneumonia and trench foot, George became one of these men when on 5th March 1916 he succumbed to Bronchopneumonia.

George is remembered with honour on a plaque on St John’s Church Gt. Wenham and at Wimereux Communal Cemetery Pas De Calais, France Grave 1. L. 28

George was posthumously awarded:

  1. 1914-1915 Star

  2. 1914-1918 British War Medal

  3. 1914-1919 Victory Medal

His next of Kin would also have received the Memorial Plaque and Scroll

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