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VC1289    Gerard Ross Norton

Name   Gerard Ross Norton    No.      

VC Issue No.   1289   Awards   VC   MM

Regiment   South African Forces, Kaffrarian Rifles attached to 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment

Later    The Royal Hampshire Regiment

Now   Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

Rank VC Won    Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Captain

Place Of Birth   Herschel, Cape Province, South Africa

Place Of Death   Harare, Zimbabwe

Buried/Location Ashes   Harare, Zimbabwe


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone         Plot/Grave no.  

Gazetted    26 October 1944

VC Presented   1 December 1944 by King George VI at Holyrood House, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland


Painting & Citation, Main Entrance,Selborne College, East London, South Africa

'Toys Norton' hostel at Selborne College, East London, South Africa

P  Named on Memorial Gates, Constitution Hill, Green Park, London

P  Named on Honours Board, Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum, Serle's House, Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire

P  Via G.R. Norton, Trebbio di Montegridalfo, Italy                        

P  Norton Close, Christchurch, Hampshire

P  Victoria Cross Roll of Honour, Union Jack Club, Waterloo, Southwark, London

By The Way…

'Toys' was a childhood nickname which remained with him

VC Held By

Not Known



VC 1288 VC 1290
VC 1288
VC 1290

BORN    7 September 1915

DIED   29 October 2004   AGE    89

VC Won   31 August 1944   AGE   28

Place VC Won   The Gothic Line, Monte Gridolfo, Italy

War/Campaign   Second World War

Second World War