Lieut. Norman Birtwistle: Killed in action

I found a photo and some newspaper cuttings in my mother’s photo album of her Uncle Norman. He was a lieutenant in the Hussars who was awarded the Military Cross, and from what I understand was was subsequently killed in the last cavalry charge during WWI. My cousin has some more information and I’ll write about this soon. In the meantime, I’ve uploaded the photo and copy from the cuttings, although I can’t work what paper they are from.

Lieut. Norman Birtwistle
Lieut. Norman Birtwistle

Lieut. Norman Bitwistle, M.C., Hussars, Kiled in action on October 8, was the fifth son of Mr. A. and Mrs. Birtwistle, of Springfield House, Blackburn.

Lieut. Norman Birtwistle Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Lieutenant Norman Birtwistle, M.C.


Mr and Mrs Albert Birtwistle, of Springfield House, Blackburn, have received the news that their fifth son, Lieutenant Norman Birtwistle, M.C. (Hussars) , who had previously been reported missing, was killed in action on the 6th inst. The sad news is conveyed in a letter of condolence from Lieutenant Birtwistle’s captain, who states that the gallant young officer met his death during an assault on an enemy battery which had been giving a good deal of trouble.

Many friends in Blackburn will sympathise with the bereaved parents, who have other four sons in the service. Twenty-one years of age, Lieutenant Birtwistle was educated at Cheltenham College, and then went to Sandhurst Military College, passing thence into the Army where he was extremely well liked by fellow officers and the men of his squadron. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery in action last march when he was in his leg, and after being in hospital in France returned hom on short convalescence leave. In peace days hunting was his favourite pastime and he was a known follower of the Pendle Forest Harriers and the Ribblesdale Buckhounds.


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