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Henry Thomas Norton - Letters

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  • Description
    Mostly letters and postcards sent by QM Sergeant Henry Thomas Norton (known as Harry Norton) to his wife Florence, son Leonard and daughter Jean during World War I. Letters were written whilst he was training in New Zealand, at sea en route to Europe, in Egypt and in the trenches in France between 1915 and 1916. Folder 1 contains some letters from Charles H. Matthews, brother of Florence Norton, written whilst serving in South Africa during the South African War. Many letters included flowers or seeds collected from the battlefield in France and other ephemera. Folder 7 contains official letters about Norton's gravesite written during the 1920s. All items, with the exception of the typed transcripts, are photocopies of photocopies.
  • Other Number
    2004/16, MS-2004-16
  • Collection area
  • Record richness

Catalogue

  • Catalogue title
    Henry Thomas Norton - Letters
  • Identifiers
    • MS-2004-16  (Reference Number)
    • 2004/16  (Registration Number)
  • Creator
  • Period
  • Unit
    Folder 1 -- Letters, 1900-1907. Folder 2 -- Letters, 1915 (New Zealand). Folder 3 -- Letters January - March, 1916 (At sea and Egypt). Folder 4 -- Letters April - June, 1916 (France). Folder 5 -- Letters July -August, 1916 (France). Folder 6 -- Letters September - December, 1916 (France). Folder 7 -- Miscellaneous items and official letters, 1917-1938. Folders 8 - 13 -- Typed transcripts of letters in folders 1 - 6.
  • Description
    Mostly letters and postcards sent by QM Sergeant Henry Thomas Norton (known as Harry Norton) to his wife Florence, son Leonard and daughter Jean during World War I. Letters were written whilst he was training in New Zealand, at sea en route to Europe, in Egypt and in the trenches in France between 1915 and 1916. Folder 1 contains some letters from Charles H. Matthews, brother of Florence Norton, written whilst serving in South Africa during the South African War. Many letters included flowers or seeds collected from the battlefield in France and other ephemera. Folder 7 contains official letters about Norton's gravesite written during the 1920s. All items, with the exception of the typed transcripts, are photocopies of photocopies.
  • Contains
    41 items in this collection. View all items.
  • Physical description
    13 folders
  • Production
  • Medium
    Holographs (photocopies)
  • Subject
  • Associated material
    Cenotaph database record (includes photographs).
  • Citation
    Norton, Henry Thomas. Letters, 1900 - 1938. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004-16.
  • Notes
    8/3816 Quarter Master Sergeant Henry Thomas Norton was born in 1880. He served with the 2nd Otago Infantry Battalion in France during World War I. He trained at Trentham Military Camp and Tauherenikau Camp in New Zealand in 1915 before sailing to Egypt aboard HMNZ Transport No. 39, arriving in Suez on 14 February 1916. He embarked for France on 9 April 1916. From the letters it appears that Norton was a sniper. He was killed by a shell on 15 September 1916 at the Battle of Flers, France and is buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery.

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