John Norton Norwood

RankSecond Lieutenant
MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentRoyal Inniskilling Fusiliers 4th Battalion, Attached 2nd Battalion
Military Service

Enlisted in Cameron Highlanders as private (14519)
1915 Commissioned into 4th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 14 April. This battalion was described as an “Extra Reserve” battalion and was not ordered abroad. It was stationed at Buncrana, County Donegal and served as a training battalion for the regular battalions. Thus it is most likely that Norwood joined the 2nd battalion when he was posted to France on 29th January 1916. The 2nd Battalion was part of the 96th Brigade in the 32nd Division and had been in France since August 1914. When the Battle of the Somme started on 1st July 1916 the 32nd Division’s objective was Thiepval. The battalion was initially in brigade reserve but was gradually drawn into the fighting. The battalion remained in the trenches until relieved on the 3rd July. After a few days out of the line it returned to the front line at Ovilliers on the 9th. Between the 9th and the 13th July it captured and held German trenches until relieved on the 14th.


c1892, Glasgow

Death22nd July 1916
Circumstances of Death

Died of wounds.
The regimental museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers records that Norwood died of wounds received at Ovillers but has no further details.

BurialGezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, I. C. 12.

On his headstone is inscribed “He loved Chyvalrye, / Trouthe and Honour / Freedom and Curteisie” [Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales]

CWGC Information

Son of John Cheesman Norwood and Maria Bradbury Norwood, of 24, Leven St., Pollokshields, Glasgow.


John C Norwood (c1857-1937) & Maria B Lockhart (c1851-1932)

Father's Occupation

Commercial traveler (in colour, varnish & paint)


Hugh Colquhoun (c1873-) – half brother




Allan Glen’s School, Glasgow


Apprentice mechanical engineer (marine fitter) & Part time student

1901 Census

6 Leven Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow

1911 Census

24 Leven Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Home Address

24 Leven Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Sigma Lair 22
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial – not listed
Allan Glen’s School War Memorial
Pollokshields Church Book of Remembrance
The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial, comp. Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914-1918. 8 volumes. Dublin: Maunsel and Roberts, 1923

Other Information

In St Michael’s Church, East Peckham, Kent is a brass plaque commemorating Captain John Norwood VC who died at the Battle of the Marne on 8th September 1914, aged 38 and Second Lieutenant John Norton Norwood with details given as above.  They are described as “kinsmen who constituted the sixth generation (male) of the yeoman family of Norwood, sometime of Stilstead in this parish.”

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to The Inniskillings Museum, Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project

An Extract of Reflection



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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