Norris, Thomas (No. 23066)

Norris, Thomas

Private

No. 23066, ‘D’ Company, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 18)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Morris.

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Thomas Norris was born in Newtownards.

In the 1901 census it is recorded that Henry Norris, a general dealer, his wife Margaret J. Norris and their children – Jessie Norris (aged 4), Thomas Norris (aged 3) and Elizabeth Norris (aged 1) – were living at 23 Movilla Street, Newtownards.  Also living there were Henry’s brother John, his sister-in-law Sarah and their daughter Eleanor (aged 10).

In the 1911 census it is recorded that Harry Norris, a dealer, his wife Maggie Jane Norris and their children – Jessie (aged 15), Thomas (aged 13), Lizzie (aged 11), Harry (aged 9), Maggie (aged 6), Edgar (aged 4) and John (aged 1½) – were living at 4 Kingswood Street, Belfast.  Maggie Jane declared that she had been married for 16 years and had nine children, seven of whom were still living.

Henry Martin Porter (Harry) Norris was born on 3 January 1878 in West Street, Newtownards and he was a son of John and Eliza Jane Norris (nee McCauley, sometimes McCalla).  Harry Norris had the following siblings:

William Norris (born 19 May 1870 in West Street, Newtownards)

John Norris (born 17 September 1875 in West Street, Newtownards)

Thomas Norris (born 5 March 1885 in Little Francis Street, Newtownards)

Benjamin Norris (born 30 July 1887 in Movilla Street, Newtownards; died)

Benjamin Norris (born 8 August 1889 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

Marriage registration details have not yet been found for Harry Norris and Maggie Jane Norris.

The following details for Maggie Jane’s nine children have been found:

Jessie Gill was born on 15 April 1896 in Ballymullan; Jessie was a daughter of Margaret Jane Gill, a seamstress, and no father’s name was recorded; Jessie used the name Jessie Norris when she married Charles McCaul on 18 November 1912 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Belfast.

Thomas Savage Magill was born on 1 January 1898 in East Street, Newtownards; Thomas was a son of Margaret Jane Magill and no father’s name was recorded.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) was born between 1899 and 1901; birth registration details have not yet been found.

Henry (Harry) Norris Magill was born on 1 March 1902 in Francis Street, Newtownards; Harry was a son of Margaret Jane Magill, an embroiderer, and no father’s name was recorded.

Maggie Norris Magill was born on 2 December 1903 in George’s Street, Newtownards; Maggie was a daughter of Maggie Jane Magill, an embroiderer, and no father’s name was recorded.

Martha Norris Magill was born on 15 December 1905 in Market Street, Newtownards; Martha was a daughter of Margaret Jane Magill, an embroiderer, and no father’s name was recorded; her name was recorded as Martha Norris when she died of pertussis on 16 April 1908 in Kenbaan Street, Belfast.

Edgar Magill Norris was born on 3 April 1907 at 18 Trillick Street, Belfast; his parents’ names were recorded as Henry and Maggie Jane Norris (nee Magill); Edgar worked as a motor dealer and he married Elizabeth Bowes on 7 May 1936 in Belfast Registrar’s Office.

Sydney Norris was born on 8 May 1908 at 14 Kenbaan Street, Belfast; his parents’ names were recorded as Henry and Margaret Jane Norris (nee Magill) and he died of epidemic diarrhoea on 27 August 1908 at 7 Kingswood Street, Belfast.

John Magill Norris was born on 28 September 1909 at 7 Kingswood Street, Belfast; his parents’ names were recorded as Henry and Maggie Jane Norris (nee Magill).

Thomas Norris enlisted in Newtownards, he served with the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  He has no known grave and in his will he left all his belongings to his mother.

At the time of Thomas’s death his mother was living at 9 Kingswood Street, Belfast and Private Thomas Norris (No. 23066) is commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 509).