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Entry for Captain Francis Norbury
6th Battalion attd. 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps
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Francis Campbell Norbury was born on 16th January 1882 in Stratford-on-Avon to parents Thomas and Eliza. He attended the Coleshill Grammar School, the Oundle School and went on to attend St John’s College, Cambridge. He returned to Oundle as a house-master after gaining his degree. Whilst at Cambridge Francis joined the Officer Training Corps, and on returning to Oundle joined their Corps as a Colour-Seargent. After taking a commission he was promoted to Senior Captain. In the autumn of 1914 Captain Norbury joined a Reserve Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, and was soon chosen to take a large draft of men to France. He first served in France on 24th November 1914 and soon afterwards took charge of a Company of the 1st Battalion. Captain Norbury was killed in action when a shell landed in his dug-out near Bethune, France, on 8th January 1915. He was 32 years old. He is buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Plot I, Row E, Grave 19 and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals. He is also remembered on the Coleshill Grammar School Memorial in the Coleshill School.
Birmingham Daily Post 14th January 1915 CAPTAIN FRANCIS CAMPBELL NORBURY Captain Francis Campbell Norbury, King’s Royal Rifle Corps (killed in action near Bethune on January 8) was originally in one of the Oundle School companies on the Terratorial unattached list. From the Officers’ Training Corps he was gazetted to the 1st Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifles on October 21 of last year. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs T. W. Norbury, The Lench House, Stratford-on-Avon.
Birmingham Daily Post 16th January 1915 DEATH OF A STRATFORD-ON-AVON OFFICER The death is reported of Captain Francis Campbell Norbury, youngest son of Mr and Mrs T. W. Norbury, of Lench House, Stratford-on-Avon. At the outbreak of the war he held a captain’s commission in the Officers’ Training Corps, and was gazetted captain in the King’s Royal Rifles on October 21 last. The following tribute to his popularity was paid by the commanding officer in a letter to his father:- “I cannot tell you how well and gallantly your dear boy commanded C Company of my battalion ever since he came out, most ably helping me to make good soldiers out of nearly raw material of special reservists enlisted or embodied mostly only since the war began….. A shell fell this afternoon (January 8) into the dug-out in which your boy was resting at Bethune, and to our great grief he was instantaneously killed….. He had been with us only a short time, but he had made himself beloved and respected by us all, and had proved himself a brave and capable officer. I feel his loss and your sorrow most deeply.”
From the Oundle School Archive The Laxtonian 1915 KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE Captain F. C. NORBURY, K.R.R.C.; born 16th January, 1882; entered Laxton, September, 1896; entered St. John’s College, Cambridge, October, 1901; appointed to the School staff September 1904; joined the K.R.R.C., October 1914; killed near Bethune, 8th January, 1915.