Captain/lieutenant Colonel Gilbert.P. Norton(DSO)

Captain/lieutenant Colonel Gilbert.P. Norton(DSO)

Born. Huddersfield, 1883.

Gilbert.P.Norton who studied at Cambridge became an accountant and was commissioned on the 22nd April 1907 as a Captain into the 5th Territorial Battalion of The Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. On the 14th October 1914 two months after the outbreak of war Captain Norton was again promoted, this time to Major into the same battalion.

Major Norton went to France, with 5th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons, West Riding Regiment, part of the 49th Division on 15th April 1915.

On the 1st June 1916, 18 months after leaving for France, Major Norton was again commissioned, this time as Lt/Colonel taking over command of the 5th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons, West Riding Regiment.

In April 1918 Lt/Colonel W.D. Coles of the “Leeds Pals” was wounded, and Lt Colonel G.P.Norton had the honour of becoming the final Commanding Officer of the 15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. (The Leeds Pals)

On the 20th December 1918, at the 31st Division Mounted Sports held at Longuenesse Aerodrome. Lt Colonel rode for the pals, his own horse “Daisy” in the “Lys Sweepstake”.

After the war, Lt Colonel G.P. Norton resumed command of the 5th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons, West Riding Regiment, he retired from the army in 1919.

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