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Captain, 1st/14th Battalion London Regiment (London Scottish) attached Machine Gun Corps

Died of wounds Saturday 25th September 1915, age 24.

Remebered on the Loos Memorial, France, panel 132.

Lecturer in law.


 

Norman, born in 1891, was the only son of John Lindsey Mackie, an H.M. Customs manager and C.B.E (awarded 1926). He was educated at Bancroft’s School, Essex, where he was a monitor, proved to be a good sportsman, particularly in swimming and fives, and was active in school plays. He went on to study three for degrees; University College London (1st Class B.A. Honours) and Hertford College, Oxford (1st Class Honours in History and 1st Class Honours in Jurisprudence). He was appointed as a lecturer in law at Manchester University in 1914, but may not have started his employment due to the outbreak of war.

Previously a member of the London University and Oxford University Officer Training Corps Norman was gazetted in September 1914 and died in France 12 months later. It is understood that he was shot taking part in an attack at Loos in which the British used gas for the first time. The Manchester Guardian noted that “a career of exceptional promise has been cut short at the early age of 24” and that as battalion machine gun officer “he showed gifts of leadership that ensured rapid promotion”.

He left effects worth £160 6s. 7d. to his father.