Norton, Glen

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Glen Norton
17 March 1891 – 26 September 1916
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Place of birth Cardigan, Prince Edward Island
Place of death France
Place of burial Albert Communal Cemetery Extension
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Lieutenant
Lieutenant Glen Norton (17 March 1891 - 26 September 1916) was a Canadian soldier who served in the Canadian Signal Corps prior to and during the Great War. He was killed in action during the Battle of Thiepval Ridge during the Battle of the Somme.

Early Life

Glen Norton was born to parents James Frederick Norton and Sarah Jane Norton on 17 March 1981 in Cardigan, Prince Edward Island. He is known to have had a younger brother John Frederick Norton.

He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1912 and his military records indicate he was a law student just prior to enlisting in the CEF.


Glen Norton served in the Canadian Militia prior to the Great War. When he attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) on 25 September 1914, he stated he had three years experience with the Field Ambulance CAMC and five years experience with the Canadian Signalling Corps. He is known to have served in No. 10 Section, CSC in Winnipeg Manitoba along with his brother John and William McMurray. He was also a member of the Canadian Contingent to the coronation of King George V.[1]

Glen Norton was one of the original members of 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company. Having been a Sergeant in the Militia prior to the war, he quickly rose in rank. He was appointed 2nd Corporal in September 1914, promoted Corporal in January 1915 and Sergeant in April 1915. He was commissioned in the Canadian Engineers on 6 February 1916 and appointed with the rank of Lieutenant.

He was Officer Commanding 3 Section, 1st Canadian Signal Company, the section in support of 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade, when he was killed on 26 September 1916 on the opening day of the Battle of Thiepval Ridge during the Battle of the Somme. He was buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension at 2 pm on 27 September.[2]

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  2. War Diary, 1st Canadian Signal Company, September 1916.