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Bombadier/Sergeant/Lieutenant in the Glider Pilot Regiment.
He lost his life on Tuesday 5th December, 1944, aged 23, when the aircraft carrying him to duties overseas crashed killing most of the people on board.
He was born on 18th February 1921, the son of Edward and Frances Anne Maud Norman of Edinburgh, but whilst working at the Factory at East Tilbury he lived in Stanford le Hope.
In letters written to the Bata Record we know that he was with an Ack Ack Unit guarding a big Aircraft Factory in 1940 and in Tunisia in 1943, which he says is all rock and cacti.
He joined the British Bata Shoe Company in 1936 working in the Leather Factory as a Manipulator, prior to this he worked for Christie and Neil. He left to join the Army the day after war was declared.
The photograph above was taken on a Rover Moot at Woodford for Orsett District Rover Scouts. He was known as Jock to his friends.
Stanford le Hope War Memorial and plaque showing detail of Edward Norman