Diamond War Memorial Project

Captain Charles Norman

North Irish Horse (attached 5th Reserve Cavalry Regiment). Regimental Number ----
Born: ---- Died: 1917-02-12 Aged: 37 Enlisted: ------

Interred in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France. Name inscribed on St Columb’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with the cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War, and commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Only son of Captain Thomas Norman, D.L., of Glengollan, Fahan, and Annie Norman. Husband of Helen Frances Mary Norman, who died at Kingstown on September 19, 1918. Son in law of Dr Joseph Ewing Miller, Londonderry.

Charles Norman was High Sheriff of Donegal. He served during the First World War in a Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, from which he was subsequently attached to the Royal Field Artillery. He also was a justice of the peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Donegal.
Charles Norman was a descendant of Alderman Samuel Norman, of Derry, who was one of the most prominent of the citizens who took part in the incidents leading up to the Siege of Londonderry, 1688-89, and in the siege itself. Following the shutting of the gates of Derry, in December 1688, Samuel Norman, along with several others, did much work in warning their country neighbours of the critical position and procuring, for the assistance of the city, bodies of armed tenantry. When, on December 10, 1688, eight volunteer companies were raised by the city, Samuel Norman was appointed captain of these. On Mountjoy’s arrival (December 23, 1688) as Tyrconnell’s representative from Dublin, to arrange terms of submission and a settlement, Samuel Norman and Mogridge, the town clerk, were appointed by the city authorities to open negotiations. Samuel Norman took his part gallantly at the head of his company all through the siege. His name figures among the signatures of the garrison officers to the ‘Declaration of Union’ (March 1689). He was attainted in James II’s Dublin Parliament, and after the Relief of Derry (August 1689) he was in 1690 one of the signers of the commission authorising the appointment by the Corporation of two agents to repair to London and press the Government for compensation for losses incurred during the siege. He died in 1692, and was buried in St Columb’s (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, where a tablet commemorated his services. In the memorial window in the Cathedral, unveiled in 1913, to commemorate the defenders of Derry during the siege, he is among those honoured, and among his descendant subscribers to this memorial was Charles Norman.
Samuel Norman had been Mayor of Derry in 1672. His son, Charles, was Mayor in 1707 and 1713, and M.P. in 1703, 1713 and 1715, while his grandson, Robert, was M.P. in 1733.
The name of Charles Norman was read out during a Protestant inter-denominational memorial service held, on Sunday, July 1, 1917, in St Columb’s (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, to commemorate those Derry men who had made the supreme sacrifice during the previous year.