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Norton War Memorial

Norton War Memorial

The Norton War Memorial is situated outside All Saints Church in the village of Norton, Northamptonshire.

It sits on a square plinth approx 3 ft square surmounted by a stone cross approx 8ft in height with an octagonal base.

The inscription reads:

"To my brother Alexander Thynne and the men of Norton Parish who gave their lives for their country in the war against Germany 1914-1919

Alexander Thynne"

Lord Alexander George Thynne



Lt. Col. Wiltshire Regiment, commanding 6th (Royal Wilts Yeomanry) battalion

Died 14/9/1918 aged 45
Son of the Marquis and Marchioness of Bath
Commemorated Bethune town cemetery II.L.13

Medals - D.S.O. Croix de Guerre

Will -
The Honourable (commonly called Lord) Alexander George Thynne of Norton Hall Northampton D.S.O. died 14th Sept 1918 in France probate London 7th Feb 1919 - 331,310.12s.7d.


Census 1911 - Visiting the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort at Badminton
He is 38, single and a Member of Parliament


Census 1901 -
Boer War. 2nd Company (Wiltshire) 1st Battalion Imperial Yeomanry
Awarded the Queens South Africa Medal with clasps for:
Wittenbergen, Cape Colony, Transvaal.


Census 1891 -
Living in Berkeley Sq. London with parents John and Frances and siblings, Thomas 18,Catherine 15, Beatrice 13,
Alice 17, Alex 8


Benj Ariss
Benjamin Ariss.
Private 2nd Battalion Tank Corps. No. 111631

Died of wounds 22/3/1918 aged 21 France/Flanders
Son of Amos and Emma Jane Ariss, Norton.
Commemorated at Pozieres
Memorial, Somme, France (panel 94)

Census 1911 - Living in Norton as a ploughboy on a farm age 14 still with parents, sister Anne and cousin Thomas William.

Census 1901 - Living in Norton with parents Amos, an agricultural labourer born Croughton and mother Emma j born Claydon. at same house his half sister Myra manning (14) Thomas Manning (cousin 8) Benjamin (4) Anne (3)

Census 1891 - Amos and Jane living in Barford St Michael he is a cowman, they have a daughter, Myra Manning (4) he is living in a house called "Buttermilk" next door to his father, Benjamin, who is a shepherd aged 67 a widow, works at Buttermilk Farm. Amos and Jane married Q4 1890 she was previously Jane Manning and had her daughter, Myra west Manning, q1 1887.
there is also a Manning on the memorial, were they relations of Jane's and is that why they came to Norton?

John Blencowe


Private 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. B Company 1st Battalion No. 7780

Died 24/10/1914 aged 31
Killed in action France/Flanders
Commemorated Perth Cemetery (China Wall) XII.C.3 - He had only been in France for 7 weeks before being killed in action. As he was born in Ireland he is also listed in the Irish memorial records

Census 1911 - Living as a lodger in Chester working as a Bootmaker

Census 1901 - Born in 1884 was a Servant-Groom living in Norton Hall stables.

Census 1891 - Parents William aged 40 born in Norton and Ann aged 35 born in Templemore Ireland (WM serving in 64th Foot) John aged 7 born Limerick, Ireland. William 5 born Jamaica, Ernest 3 born Natal, South Africa. Mary 11 months born Norton.

William Dipper Private Northumberland Fusiliers. 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion
No. 6059

Died 28/4/1917
Son of Jesse and Annie Dipper of Norton, Daventry, Northampton.
Commemorated St Nicholas British Cemetery. I.H.15

Census 1911 - Living in Norton with parents, eldest of 7 children

Census 1901 -
Father Jesse general labourer born Warwickshire. Mother Annie born Norton. William aged 4, Catherine aged 3, Oliver aged 1, all born in Norton.

(Robert) Oscar Edmonds Private Gloucestershire Regiment, 10th Battalion
No. 36912

Died 13/07/1917 aged 32

Son of Theresa and the late Thomas Edmonds of 16 King Edward Road, Northampton, native of Norton.
Commemorated Coxyde Military Cemetery. I.J.29
(Thomas) Cyril Edmonds L/Cpl Rifle Brigade, 11th Battalion No Z/2900

Died 18/9/1916
Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Pier & Face 16 b & 16c

Census 1911 - Oscar is living with his mother in Norton Hall, where she is housekeeper. Cyril is living in Holloway, London as a woollen wharehouseman

Census 1901 - Brothers named on Norton Memorial as Oscar and Cyril, but that was their middle names living in Norton with their widowed mother Theresa who came from Old Bradwell, Bucks. Oscar born 1885 is an architect/draughtsman and Cyril born 1887 is a drapers assistant, they were born in Northampton. They were her only children.

Census 1891 - Mother is already widowed and living in Norton in the School House, she is a dressmaker.

Frank Foster Private South Staffordshire Regt. 8th Service Battalion.
No 41519

Died 12/10/1917
Killed in action formerly 11835 Royal Flying Corps
Commemorated Cement House Cemetery. XV.E.20

Census 1911 - Born in Stowe in 1893 he is living with his parents in Muscott, he is a farm labourer

Census 1901 - Frank is 8, his father, William is a shepherd on a farm in Stowe

John Litchfield 2nd Lt. Bedfordshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion, attn 1st battalion

Died 20/10/1914
Commemorated Ypres(Menin Gate) Panel 31 & 33

Will - Litchfield, John of Muscott near Weedon, 2nd Lt. 3rd Battery, Bedfordshire Regiment, died 22 Oct. 1914 at La Bassee, France. Probate 23rd May to Hugh Leslie Litchfield (older brother) schoolmaster - 169-7s-10d

Census 1911 - A school teacher boarding in Ampthill Road Bedford.

Census 1901 - Aged 18 he is a boarder in a school in North Street Daventry

Census 1891 - Son of William Allin, farmer and Elizabeth. Also in house - Frank 14, Watson 12, Thomas a 10, John 9, Fanny e 5.

Census 1881 - Lived at Noborough Lodge William a was a farmer with 310 acres employing 7 men and 3 boys he had children William g 8, Hugh l 6, Frank 4, Watson 2, Thomas 9 months. Also his father William lived with him. His father had farmed Noborough back at least until 1841 census.

Alfred James Manning Private Duke of Cambridge's Own ( Middx. Regt) 1/8th (T.F.) Battalion No. T.F.6634

Died 18/9/1916 aged 34
Killed in action France/Flanders

Enlisted at Long Buckby
Commemorated Euston Road cemetery, Colin Camps. I.F.37


Frank Manning Not sure either Frank Herbert Suffolk Reg 4th Battalion or Frank Manning The Queens (Royal Surrey Rgt.) Census 1911 - Sarah has died and Frank is living with his father and is a waggoner on farm. Alfred is boarding in Long Buckby and is a cab driver.

Census 1901 - Father George is a blacksmith born Norton, mother Sarah born Daventry, brother John a coachman aged 21 and Alfred is a groom aged 17. Frank is living with his grandparents, William 79 and Susannah 78, next door to his parents. William is living on private means.

Census 1891 - George and Sarah both 38 living with them is Ada 12, Ethel 9, Alfred 7, and Frank 1. They are living next door to William and Susannah Manning (George's parents) who have living with them William 13 and John 11 who are grandchildren.
Alfred is the same age and lives next door but to John Blencowe.

John Major Cpl. Jo hn Henry Major King's Royal Rifle Corps. 13th Battalion.
No. R/5623

Died of wounds 30/8/1918
Enlisted Rugby, residence at time of death, Chalfont, Bucks. Commemorated Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille. III A 1

Census 1911 - The family had moved to Rugby and John was a labourer in the cement works.

Census 1901 - Parents Harry 35, Alice 30, father was a railway platelayer. living with ?(illegible) brother 9, John was 7, Frank 3.

Harry Penn Private Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 2nd/8th Battalion No 24671

Died 17/2/1918 aged 25
Son of George and Susan Penn of Norton
Commemorated Norton Church

Census 1911 - Harry is a lodger at Noboro Lodge and is a farm labourer

Census 1901 - Living in Cold Higham, parents George, 46, stockman, and Susan 41. Stepson Arthur Welsh 19 agricultural labourer, Harry 8, Elizabeth 5, Mary 8 months.

Eric Rose C apt. London Regiment (London Life Brigade) formerly Sussex Yeomanry. 5th Battalion.

Died 28/3/1918 aged 21
Son of Rev. & Mrs Percy Rose of "Highwood" Ridgeway Road, Redhill, Surrey. Educated at St Edwards School, Oxford. Commemorated Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais. Bay 9

Medals - Mentioned in despatches.

Census 1911 - He and his sister are visitors with a family in Fulham London

Census 1901 - Father was Vicar of Norton, Percy W 42 from Northampton mother Isobel C aged 39 from France. Eric was 4 his sister Christine l h 11 months. They lived in "The Cottage" Norton. Also with them was Percy's mother Lucy Jane 82; they had servants and a nurse living with them.

Census 1881 - Eric was living in Northampton girls orphanage with his parents Thomas and Lucy Jane. his father was a Colonel in the Northamptonshire Militia he had retired by now and perhaps had some advisory roll at the orphanage.

Edwin Washburn Private Royal Fusiliers 7th Battalion transferred to 101st company Labour Corps No. 45040 and 60518

Died of wounds 14/5/1918 aged 42

Enlisted Daventry. Husband of Rosetta Washburn of 3 Cotten End Warks.
Commemorated St Sever Cemetery extension, Rouen Seine-Maritime P.VII.O.3A

Census 1911 - Married for 9 years to Rosetta, a gardener at Brockhall
Sydney J Wright 2nd Lt. Essex Regiment

Died 23/8/1918
Killed in action
Son of John and Lucy Wright of Flore, husband of Emily May (Sanders) Honeyhurst Farm, Little Braunston, Rugby.
Commemorated Foncquevillers Cemetery II.A.2.

Census 1911 - Living at Whilton Locks in the house of Frank Litchfield working as a groom aged 17.

George Clark Machine Gun Corps
No 178026

Died 29/10/1918 (at home)
Buried in All Saints Church, Norton age 30. Son of Charles and the late Elizabeth Rachel Clarke, husband of Rose Clara Clarke, of Norton. Born in Ashton, Northants living in Weedon married Rose Newton in 1915

Census 1911 - Living with widowed mother and siblings in St Andrews Road, Northampton and is a bootmaker.

NOTES All of the names were copied from the Norton War Memorial, All Saints Church, Norton. All census information was found on The service information was found either from the War graves Commission or The Channel 4 History Website
All information is given in good faith and believed to be correct. No liability is accepted for information found to be incorrect. If you do have further information or photographs of any of the above please contact:-
Kim Russell, 1 Eaglesfield, Norton NN11XN or email