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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


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Ancestry has a few papers on him, mixed up with another soldier of the same name I take it you have seen them ? Ralph.

Hi Ralph

No, I've not seen those... I've had another look in Ancestry but still can't see him!

Can you please advise whereabouts they are hidden?

kind regards


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having a quick look through everything i have on the Manchesters in Cleethorpes, these are the names of the men killed in the attack;

30358 Pte Wilfred Ernest Ball

32238 Pte Joseph Beardsley (3-4-16)

34637 Pte L A Beaumont

9779 Pte Samuel Bell

2425 Pte William Robert Bodsworth (4-4-16)

34621 Pte W H Brown

34619 Pte Ernest Budding

32997 Pte Joseph Chandler

34618 Pte Job Clowes

34633 Pte Harry Cuthbert

30241 Pte Frederick Dimelow

30401 Pte Thomas Diviney

32215 Pte Albert Edward Downs

34620 Pte Robert Fox

32034 Pte William Francis

32263 Pte Thomas Hannon

32323 LCpl Alfred Haynes

30126 Pte William Hetherington

32278 Pte Tom Pierce

27902 Pte Henry Ramsden

30179 Pte James Russell

32275 Pte Thomas Tomkinson

27591 Pte John Wheeler

34639 Pte William Wild

27537 Pte Robert Wood

Other killed and taken by families back to be buried

33107 Pte Percy Harrison

27724 Pte J Radford

33055 LCpl J Swift

30117 Pte Thomas Brierley

32914 Pte F Chandler

34625 Pte J Corfield

edited due to misreading the original post!! sorry!!!!

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