The Great War – Searching for Edward
An urgent appeal has been launched by the MOD to trace relatives of a soldier killed during the Great War. Sergeant Edward Norton, 7th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry died in September 1918 but his body was never found. However, remains have been found near Garvelle, northern France, the area where Sgt. Norton is believed to have died. The appeal from Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) is hoping to find surviving descendants.
Garvelle is located near Arras, the scene of a major battle in late 1918. The Second Battle of the Somme, part of the Hundred Day’s offensive, raged from late August until early September.
The JCCC are hopeful that relatives will come forward and participate in DNA tests ahead of a full military funeral. The tests will therefore prove if the remains are that of Edward Norton or not.
Louise Door from the JCC sais “As a result of our extensive research, these remains are very likely to be one of only two missing soldiers, so there should be a very good chance of identifying him. He is to be buried in France… rather than bury him as an unknown soldier, I would love to be able identify him to that his headstone may bear his name”
Edward Norton, was born in 1881 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire to Augustus & Mary Ann Norton. He enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment before then serving in the Durham Light Infantry. He married Susan Agnes Bushwell in 1907 and his last known address according to the 1911 census was 22 Pondwicks Road, Luton.
If you can help in any way, please call Louise on 01452 712612 (ext 5465) or email DBS-JCCCCommem4SO3@mod.uk.
Added: 7th March 2018