PoppyHRFHS Area Servicemen Who lost Their Lives in WWI, August 1917

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Norman Kenward Winborn (1889-1917)

This short biography of just one of our lost men is here in his honour and in honour of all who have fallen.

Norman was the tenth child of thirteen born to Amos and Delia Winborn in Ninfield. Father, Amos, married Delia Foord in the Summer of 1872. They were both born and bred in the Ninfield area. Amos was an agricultural labourer at the time of Norman’s birth and the family lived on Pashley Farm. Life would have been a struggle on low wages and cramped conditions.

The family made the move from the land into the town at the turn of the Century when Amos managed to secure work with Bexhill Corporation as an electrical engineer. By the time Norman was 12-years-old they were living in 34 Hamilton Road, Bexhill. Two of Norman’s brothers also started work in the Bexhill electric light works but Norman himself chose to become a butcher. His prospects within such a trade were good.

In the Spring of 1911 he married Annie Agnes Johnson and set up home in 85 Reginald Road, Bexhill. The young couple would have made plans for a family but none came along. War broke out and Norman enlisted in 1914. He joined the Royal Horse Artillery / Royal Field Artillery as Bombardier 135614 and was quite soon posted to France.

He survived a number of campaigns before receiving serious wounds. He succumbed to those wounds on 1st August 1917. Norman was buried in the Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Departement du Nord, Nord-pas-de-Calais, France. His widow, Annie, received his personal effects and a total of £14 3s 10d, her dreams of a life with Norman shattered in her grief.

Fortunately, the other members of the Winborn family survived the War and went on to build families of their own many remaining in the Bexhill area. Norman’s parents lived into the 1930’s.

 The full list for the duration of WWI can be found in the Members’ Area. If you are a member simply log in and scroll the Resources section. If you are not a member why not consider joining? Go to: http://www.hrfhs.org.uk/details-rates/

You may well wish to search for photographs of those lost and there is an ideal website which provides just that – all those lost from the area are included. Pictures of the fallen were published in the Hastings Advertiser at the time and these have been painstakingly collated by Kieron Pelling. You can visit the website:http://www.ww1rollofhonour.co.uk

NB Kieron Pelling is not a member of the HRFHS and the Society has no interest in his website other than to recommend it.

Return here to find those in following months as the commemoration anniversary arrives