NORRIS, SAMUEL ASHTON 37291 Private 9th Battalion 74th Brigade 25th Division THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT
Born Leyland Enlisted and Living Leyland
Killed in Action France / Flanders 10th April 1918
Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.
A Memorial Inscription is on the Thacker family grave in St. Andrew’s Churchyard:-
Killed in Action in France
Apl. 14th, 1918. Aged 34 years.
Samuel Ashton Norris was the brother of Mrs Louis Thacker of ‘Thackers’, Newsagents, of Hough
Lane, Leyland (Pre-1st World War to c.1980). Informants Tom Barnes and the late Jack Burns. This would account for the inscription on the Thacker grave.
Pte Norris’s name is on the following local memorials:-
War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland
St. Mary’s Memorial, Worden Lane, Leyland
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Samuel Ashton Norris is buried in the:-
CROIX-DU-BAC BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, NORD, FRANCE
Grave Ref: SP. MEM. F. II. i.e. Special Memorial. The headstone does not mark the actual grave, but has the superscription ‘KNOWN TO BE BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY’. No next-of-kin information.
Steenwerk is a village in the Department of the Nord, approximately 5 km south-west of Armentières and a similar distance north-east of Estaires. Croix-du-Bac is a hamlet 3.5 km south of Steenwerk. Leave Croix-du-Bac on the D10 and head south-east. The cemetery is 1 km from the church on the right hand side of the D10.
Register of Electors, – Leyland, 1918. St. Andrew’s Ward
Division I - 5 Prospect Terrace - William and Jane Kitching
Division II - Ditto - Samuel Ashton Norris.
Note 1:- Prospect Terrace stands on Hough Lane and was originally numbered 1-7: there is no name on this terrace. It is now numbered 38 to 26 Hough Lane (i.e. in reverse order to the original numbering) making Samuel Ashton Norris’s home of 5 Prospect Terrace now 30 Hough Lane.
Note 2:- Although the Memorial Inscription has Samuel Norris’s date of death as April 14th, ‘Soldiers Died’ and the ‘C.W.G.C.’ have April 10th which, surely, must be correct.
Note 3:- On April 10th the 74th Brigade, of which the 9th Loyals was a part, was engaged in the ‘Battle of Estaires’ (9th-11th April 1918): presumably this is where Samuel Ashton Norris was killed in action.
Norris, Samuel Ashton. WE Waring 2003