John Norton, Private 49170, 1st/6th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Died of wounds 6th April 1918 in France, aged 20
John Norton was born on 16 January 1898 and baptised at St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield on 1 April 1899, the son of Ellen and John Norton, a fustian cutter of 3 Calamine Place, Macclesfield.
John enlisted in the local 7th Cheshire (Territorial) Regiment, with service number 3972, but was later transferred to the King’s Liverpool Regiment.
On 19 April 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that John had been killed:
Private John Norton, King’s Liverpool Regt, who formerly resided with his cousins at 7 Calamine St, Macclesfield, has been killed in France. He enlisted with the Territorials in August 1915 and was later transferred to the King’s Liverpool Regt. In France about ten months ago he was wounded in the knee and invalided to England. Upon recovery Pte Norton was again drafted out and fell on April 6th. Twenty years of age, he was educated at St Peter’s School, and at the time of enlistment was employed by the Royle Dyeing Co Ltd. Three brothers are serving, one being a prisoner of war, captured in the retreat from Mons.
A photograph and further information about Private Norton’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times the next week:
Miss E Norton, 12 Heapy St, Macclesfield, has received letters concerning her brother, Pte John Norton, whose death in action was announced in our columns last week. Rev K A Lake, C.F., writes that the deceased was terribly injured in both legs through shell-fire. He was beyond human skill to save.
Brother of Fred Norton, who served as Corporal 9163 with the 8th Cheshire Regiment; Thomas Norton, who served as Private 9781 with the 1st Cheshire Regiment; and James Norton, who served as Private 9762 with the 2nd Cheshire Regiment. All three survived the war.
Private John Norton is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, France, grave ref. I. P. 13. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Norton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: (Find My Past) St Peter’s Church, Macclesfield
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
WWI Absent Voters Lists: (FindMyPast) Macclesfield Parliamentary Division
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 19 and 26 April 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)