Norman Curtis Hartley

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Worcester
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Battalion: 19th Division Ammunition Column
Rank / Service No: 2nd Lieutenant
Died: 20th January 1918, aged 19 years
Buried: Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery, France (C.3)


Norman was the youngest of 4 sons born to Tom Curtis and Agnes Hartley (nee Livsey), who married in Chorlton, Lancashire in 1885.


Agnes was born in Salford in 1856 and Tom, an Inspector of Schools, in Manchester in 1859.

Tom died in Bournemouth in 1942 and it is not known when Agnes passed away.



Bernard   b. 1886 Harlesden, Middx   d. 1976 Brentwood, Essex

Reginald   b. 1891 Totley, Derbyshire   d. 26 October 1915 France   see separate story.

Sydney   b. 1 March 1894 Worcester   d. 22 February 1930 Peshawar. Was wounded in the throat and died of haemorrhage and shock whilst on a vessel in India.

Norman Curtis

Norman was educated at Bromsgrove School and at Worcester College, Oxford.



The 19th Divisional Ammunition Column was part of the 19th (Western) Division went they went into action at the Battle Of Cambrai in November 1917.


Norman was killed in action at Marcoing, a town south-west of Cambrai.


The cemetery was begun by the 11th Rifle Brigade in April 1917 and used by the 42nd and other divisions until March 1918.

Further burials were made in Rows B and C in September 1918.


Norman is buried with 12 of his regimental colleagues, who all perished between early December 1917 and late January 1918.


His headstone reads: “Deo, Regi, Vicino.”




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th September 2016


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