Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Second Lieutenant Tom Edgar Grantley Norton, 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, attached to 1st Battalion, the East Surrey Regiment, was killed at Hill 60 near Ypres.
The son of a wealthy merchant, he attended Uppingham School and Magdalen College, Oxford. After obtaining a Master’s Degree, he trained as an architect. Shortly after the outbreak of the Great War he was commissioned into the East Surrey Regiment, and left for France on the 26th of January, 1915.
By April of 1915 Second Lieutenant Norton was at Ypres, where his battalion was involved in the Battle for Hill 60. He was sent forward in a party to within thirty yards of the German guns. A fellow officer wrote: “This was rather a nasty spot, as grenades were pouring over and the ground was almost covered with our poor fellows, but every now and then an officer would appear through the gap with a few more men. I cannot tell you my delight when I saw dear old Tom Norton come running through with his usual cheery smile on his face. He looked the happiest man there and I made a point of shouting to him, as he was a great friend of mine, and we cheered each other on”.
Second Lieutenant was killed later that day by a shot to the head. He is buried in the Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, six kilometres south of Ypres, and a memorial was erected in his honour in the Eglwysbach Church in Denbighshire.
Tom, from Penrhiwardwr in Denbighshire, was 31 years old.