Norman James Lyne

Date of birth:                     5th February 1894
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                       478893
Rank:                                     Corporal
Regiment / Division:      Canadian Infantry
Battalion:                             Royal Canadian Regiment
Died:                                      4th April 1917 aged 23 years
Death Location:                France

Before the War
Norman was born on 5th February 1894 to Thomas (28/11/1863 – 27/08/1930) and Mary Ann Lyne (nee Cockman 1864 – 1946). Thomas and Mary were married on 7th February 1885 in Alresford.

Norman’s siblings were:

Herbert Thomas            (26/06/1885 – 23/07/1954), married Ethel Winifred Emmerson on 12th September 1914.
Violet Mary                      (1890 – 1918)
Lilian Nellie                      (1892 – 1915)
Hugh Charles                   (1895 – 1963), married Mary H Nichols in 1927.
Frederick Arthur V       (1898 – 1967)
Gladys Evelyn Mabel   (10/03/1910 – 1989), married Leonard A G Dacombe in 1943.

The 1901 Census shows Norman living with his family at Jasper House, Portswood Road, Southampton.  Norman and his father were both employed at the Ordnance Office – Norman as a Messenger and his father as a Draughtsman.

On the 1911 Census Norman’s family are living at 37 Mayfield Road, Hampton Park, Southampton.  His father and sister Violet are working at the Ordnance Survey.  Norman’s brother Herbert is stationed at Bullar Barracks, Aldershot and was serving as a Lance Corporal.  When Herbert married in 1914 he was a Sergeant in the Army Service Corps.  On 20th August 1914 Norman’s brother Hugh enlisted in the 12th Reserve Regiment of the Cavalry.

Norman emigrated to Canada, sailing from Liverpool on 17th September 1909 aboard SS Virginian arriving in Quebec, Canada on 24th September.  His intended employment was to work as a Messenger.

Military History
Norman was a 21 year old Teamster when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Esquimalt, British Columbia on 31st January 1916.  He was living at Work Point Barracks, Esquimalt and listed his father, Thomas, as his next of kin.  Thomas’ address was 298 Portswood Road, Southampton.

The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was formed in Canada from August 1914 onwards.

By the end of the war more than 250 battalions had been formed.  Although most battalions made it as far as England only a few served in France and Flanders.  The others were usually disbanded at a Training Depot in England and the men sent as reinforcements to the CEF in France.

Norman was a Corporal in the Royal Canadian Regiment and he went missing on 9th April 1917, which was the first day of the Battle for Vimy Ridge, France.  His body was never recovered.

Norman was awarded the Victory medal and the British War Medal.

He is remembered at the Vimy Memorial which is dedicated to those who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and lost their lives during the First World War.  This memorial is north of Arras, France and overlooks the Douai Plain.  11285 names are carved on the memorial.

He is also remembered on the Highfield Memorial, Highfield Church, Portswood, Southampton.

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