Sergeant Gerald Phair Norton served during WW1 with the Eastern Ontario Regiment in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and during WW2 with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. He is entitled to the British War Medal, the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service medal with clasp and the War Medal 1939-45. His enlistment number was 3322527 in WW2 and C-92019 during WW2
He was born on May 1st 1895 in Hawthorne, Ontario
1901 Canadian census taken in Gloucester, Russel, Ontario
Father : William born January 14th, 1847 Mother : Elizabeth born November 10th 1862
Brother : William born January 10th, 1893 Sister : Edna born April 28th, 1896
During the First World War he was with the 2nd Eastern Ontario Regiment.
Trade : Farmer Status single
Address of his mother : Hawthorne, Ontario
May 28 th 1918 : He enlisted in the 2nd Depot Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment. The Eastern Ontario Regiment was a depot battalion and those regiments never saw the front line. They were stationned in United Kingdom only and were used to supply men to battalion which were in France and fighting. It was a sort of waiting list before men were sent to France.
Each canadian province had its own depot battalion and on arrival in United Kingdom men were sent to their respective battalion depending the province where they enlisted in Canada. Ontario had three of those regiment the Eastern Ontario (E.O.R.), central Ontario Regiment(C.O.R.) and the Western Ontario Regiment (W.O.R.)
Height : 5′ 8″ 1/2 Weight : 144 lbs.
Eyes : Brown Hair: Brown Religion : Methodist
July 6th : Sailed from Canada on board SS Tunisian, arrived in England on July 22nd. Sent to the 6th battalion on his arrival.
June 23rd, 1919 : Sailed from Liverpool onboard the ship SS Belgic, arrived in Halifax July 1st.
August 3rd : He was demobilised
During the Second Worls War he served with 9th Detachment of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
Trade : Salesman and trucker Status : single Address : 95 Lees, Ottawa
Name of his sister : L Buck Address : 1 Pacific street, Ottawa west
Farming from time of leaving school until 1927. Bread salesman Walker Bread Co. for one year. Salesman and supervisor of twelve routes with Producers dairy 1928-1937; laid off on reduction of staff in 1937. Employed odd jobs as salesman until enlistment. Unemployed prior to war
September 4 th 1939 : He enlisted in Ottawa. He stated that he had 1 year service in the 6th Reserve Battalion in England.
June 29th, 1940 : He sailed from Montreal on H.M.T. E44 (sailing list 221) and arrived in Liverpool, England on July 22nd.
July 30th : he was authorized to draw tradesmen’s rate pay as Clerk “C”
August 16 th to the 20th : He got a 5 days permission
September 1st : He was appointed to the rank of acting corporal without pay.
September 2nd : He was appointed to the rank of acting corporal.
September 2nd : He was confirmed in the rank of corporal.
July 31st, 1941 : Admitted to the 15th Canadian General Hospital. He was discharged from hospital on August 19th.
January 17th to the 23rd : He received a 6 days permission
August 18th, 1942 : He was authorized to draw tradesmen’s rate pay as Clerk “B”
January 29 to February 7th 1943 : He received a 10 days permission
February 4th : He was ppointed to the rank of acting sergeant with pay
May 4th :He was confirmed in the rank sergeant
June 28th : Left England for overseas service.
July 10th : He disembarked in Sicily (operation Husky)
January 10th, 1944: He received his Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with clasp.
February 9th : He was appointed to the rank of acting staff sergeant.
September 23rd :He was confirmed in the rank of staff sergeant.
December 4th : Termination of overseas service. Left on vessel W 774
December 14th : He disembarked in Canada and served as escort to prisoners of war
June 22nd, 1945 : He was discharged in Lansdowne Park
November 18th, 1949 : He received his Second World War medals.
1950 : He married Frances Viney Norton (1911-1999)
April 23rd, 1956 : He died and was buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Section 24 Lot 23
Obituary from the Ottawa Citizen April 24 th, 1956
“Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Gerald Phair Norton who died of a hearth attack yesterday while attending the funeral of a friend, the late Douglas Gray. Mr Norton an employe of the Mines branch of the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys who lived at 474 ½ Booth Street, was 60… Latterly he had worked 11 years in the Mines and Branch.
Mr Norton leaves his widow the former Frances Viney Cooney whom he married in 1950; a sister Mrs Melva Buck, Ottawa and several nieces and nephew.
The service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Hulse and Playfair Ltd. 315 McLeod Street, Rev A.M.J. gray will officiate. Burial will be in Beechwood.”
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Sergeant Gerald Phair Norton WW1-WW2 medals
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