Norman was born in Wellington on the 10th of April, 1893. He lived in Drummond St in Newtown.
In 1902, Norman was in Standard 2 at Newtown School. When his class had its end-of-year examination on reading, spelling, writing and arithmetic, Norman was away sick.
When the First World War broke out in 1914, Norman was working as a packer at the Wellington branch of Alexander Cowan & Sons, paper merchants.
Norman signed up to fight with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force five days after war was declared, on the 9th of August 1914.
Occupation of German Samoa
He was one of the 1374 soldiers who formed the NZEF advance party that took German Samoa in the first month of the war.
He asked to be discharged from the army on his return to Wellington in April 1915. He was well known in the athletic world being a prominent member of the Brooklyn Harriers and the winner of many championships in 1915, including the Wellington Provincial Championship.
In October 1915 he volunteered to serve once more.
Egypt and the Somme
This time Norman went to Egypt, with the 9th Reinforcements. He was a member of the Otago Infantry Battalion, D company. He sailed from Wellington on 8 January 1916 in the troopship Maunganui.
He sailed for France on board the Llandovery Castle, bound for the Somme.
Four months later, Norman became one of 1500 New Zealand soldiers to die in the Somme. He was killed in the September offensive on the first day of fighting, and was only 23 years old.
When news of this reached Wellington, in respect of his memory a proposed Marathon Race in connection with athletic sports at the Basin Reserve was abandoned.
Norman is remembered by the Caterpillar Valley war memorial in France for New Zealanders who lost their lives in the Somme in WWI.