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Death of ex-policeman who was escort to the Mayors for 24 years

Loughborough Monitor - 2nd January 1959

First world war hero and 30 years a Leicestershire policeman, ex Police Constable William Henry Norman of 51 Barrow Road, Quorn, died at home on Boxing Day. He was 69.

He served at Loughborough from 1920 to 1930, then at Quorn until his retirement in March 1944. He joined the police in 1914 but after only five months at Hinckley was recalled to the Leicestershire Regiment, with whom he had already served nine years. Wounded twice during the war, he made a rapid rise from private to first lieutenant, won the D.C.M and M.M and was mentioned in despatches.

Mr Norman was drill instructor to the County Police Force for 20 years. He escorted Mayors of Loughborough to church on Civic Sunday for 24 years in succession, and was presented to several distinguished visitors.

He was an escort for the Duke of York later King George VI who was on a tour of the country after he had opened a new wing at Leicester Royal Infirmary. In his younger days Mr Norman was a keen sportsman and later he developed an interest in horticulture.

The police tradition in the Norman family is continued by Mr Norman's son, Police Constable K J Norman, stationed at Market Harborough, and his son-in-law Sergeant A H Illingworth, stationed at Castle Donington.

The photograph shows PC Norman at the time of his retirement in 1944.

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 Submitted on: 2010-12-29
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1083
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