Second Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment
Born: March 14th 1899
Died: September 18th 1918
Age at Death: 19
Killed in action, France, September 18th 1918
Brighton College Register: Son of Dr John Norton, 54 St Anne's Gate, London.
A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this solider by Rebecca Jones and Sam O'Donahue.
A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this solider by Mr & Mrs Tarvin.
Richard Norton (School House 1911-1916)
Richard Norton was born on March 14th 1899 in Mayfair, London. He was the only child of Dr Richard Norton, a successful Doctor, and his wife Mabel (née Hooper). It is unknown why he was sent to board at the College and there is some evidence that he spent much of his holidays with the Hall family in Marcham, Berkshire rather than at home with his parents.
A short time after he had left school Norton began officer training and on 20th December 1917 he received a commission in the 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, which formed part of the 24th Division.
During 1918 he fought in many key actions which took place following the massive offensive, known as Kaiserschalcht or the Ludendorff Offensive, which the Germans launched on March 21st 1918 with the aim of winning the war. Later in the year, once the tide had turned, the Division was one of those used in the attack on Épehy on September 18th 1918, which was a successful attempt to take a series of German outposts before the main assault on the Hindenburg Line. Nonetheless, despite the success of the attack and the late stage of the war, British losses were not slight and included Norton, who was killed action.
Norton is buried in the Chappelle British Cemetry, Holnon, France.
Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15