silkman3811 Posted 14 November , 2013 Share Posted 14 November , 2013 Can anyone shed any light on the career of Sergeant ROBERT NORTON (service no. 23777) of the 3rd Battalion (Special Reserve), Manchester Regiment? According to SDGW he enlisted at Ashton-under-Lyne (presumably when the battalion was formed in 1914). At this time Robert Norton would have been 54 years old and presumably, deemed too old/unfit for overseas service. Ironically, his address is shown as the Drill Hall, Macclesfield, the home of the 7th Battalion (TF), Cheshire Regiment. This is confirmed on the 1911 Census which lists him as the "Hall Keeper" (caretaker). He had previous military service with the Royal Marine Light Infantry in the 1880's but I can't find any other references... He died at Princess Street Military Hospital in Manchester on 7th October 1916 and is buried in the family grave in Macclesfield Cemetery. The private headstone is in the shape of a cross. The inscription reads: Sergt ROBERT NEWTON, Who Gave His Life For His Country. "Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away". I wonder if he was still on active service with 3rd Manchesters during the Zeppelin raids on Cleethorpes in March-April 1916? Any information/assistance as to his military service etc. would be gratefully received. best regards Steve Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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