Frank Ernest Edwin Norris
Lieutenant, the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Frank Ernest Edwin Norris was born 28 November 1885 and was enrolled at Alleyn's in September 1895 along with two brothers, S. Norris (born 1 May 1881) and R.Norris (born 27 January 1883). Together they were three sons of Albert Norris and the family home was at 168 Rosendale Road, West Dulwich. Later Frank lived at 23 Frendale Road, Clapham and he was a student at Alleyn’s until 1901.
In September 1914, he was granted a commission and joined the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) after completing his officer training. During his time with the Queen’s, Frank served on the Western Front as a Lieutenant and took part in a number of British operations.
In 1918, he was part of British forces involved in the 100 Days Offensive that aimed to push Germany out of France and win the war. It was during this time that he was wounded in action after a shell landed near him at the front. Unfortunately, Frank later died from the wounds he received on October 2nd 1918. He was a popular and efficient officer and his death was considered a great loss to his battalion. Frank is buried at Voormezeele Enclosure 3, Belgium.
With thanks to David Stokes, private collector, for supplying an image of Frank's medals