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Photo courtesy Shiela Lockie and Maureen Austick
Norman Henson was born at Crich on 29th August 1896. Photo Sheila Lockie and Maureen Austick He was the oldest of the six children of Lewis Henson and Elizabeth Ann Harrison, all of whom were boys.
His naval service records state that at the time of enlistment in 1916 he was employed as an engine driver. This was probably on the Clay Cross Company’s mineral railway running between Cliff Quarry at Crich and the company’s lime kilns at Ambergate. Norman’s younger brother George is known to have been employed on the same railway at this time.
During the war Norman served as a stoker with the Royal Navy. His period of engagement dates from 14th June 1916, initially with the rank of Stoker 2nd Class. He was promoted to the rank of Stoker 1st Class on board HMS Euryalus on 14th June 1917. The majority of his naval service was spent aboard HMS Euryalus and HMS Venus. Latterly he was stationed at HMS Victory II, which was the name given to a training depot which at the time of the First World War, was based at Crystal Palace in London. Norman received an honourable discharge on 19th December 1918 owing to organic heart disease and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
After he was honourably discharged from the Royal Navy, Norman married Beatrice May Dexter in 1920. They had two daughters. Almost all of their married life was spent living in the Derby area, where they lived at Allenton for many years. For much of his working life Norman was employed as a boiler stoker for various employers in the Derby area, most notably at Queen Street Baths when it opened in 1932. Shortly after his wife’s death in 1983 he moved to live at Holbrook, near Belper.
Norman Henson passed away at Holbrook on 6th October 1990, aged ninety-four years. He was laid to rest in the churchyard of the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels at Alvaston.
Field Ambulance Record
N Henson aged 22
Years Service: 3 years
Date transferred to other hospital: 18/09/1918
Date of transfer from another hospital: 11/09/18
Notes written in Observation Column: Froma Alexandria to Marselles
Religion: C of E
Regiment: Royal Navy
1918 Crich voters
Norman Henson, The Common; absent on military service
1901: Crich Common
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1911: Crich Common
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