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Henry Thomas Norton - Letters

documentary heritage
  • Description

    Contains photocopied material. 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 Id

    3448 (Presto content ID)

    MS-2004-16 (Reference Number)

    41085 (DBTextworks system ID)

    2004/16 (Registration number)

  • Department

Images and documents



  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Henry Thomas Norton - Letters
  • Primary Maker
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    13 folders

  • Level of Current Record
  • Member Object

    41 items in this collection. View all items.

  • Related Object Notes
    Cenotaph database record (includes photographs).
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Pou Kanohi]

  • Subject 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.
  • Credit Line
    Donated by Mrs Shirley Florence ('Fleur') Mary Lindsay (nee Norton; granddaughter of Harry Norton) on 14 May 1999.
  • Last Update
    07 Dec 2023
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