Diamond War Memorial Project

Private John Norris

ā€˜Dā€™ Company, 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers). Regimental Number 21081
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: 35 Enlisted: Londonderry.

Name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme, France. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Robert and Nancy Norris, Brook Hall, County Londonderry. Husband of Mrs Elizabeth (Lizzie) Norris (later Young), 34, Fountain Place, Londonderry.

The name of John Norris was read out during a memorial service in First Derry Presbyterian Church held, on Sunday, July 1, 1917, to commemorate the members of that congregation who, up to that time, had made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. Later the same month his wife and three children inserted the following lines in a Londonderry newspaper:

‘He little thought when leaving home
It would be his last goodbye;
But some day I hope to meet him
In that happy home above.

God is good, He’ll give me grace
To bear my heavy cross;
He only is the One who knows
How bitter is my loss.’

On the tenth anniversary of John Norris’s death his sons, Bobbie and Sonnie, placed the following lines in a Londonderry newspaper:

‘Near Thiepval Wood our daddie lies,
And ten long years have passed away;
But yet his memory never dies,
We think about him every day.’