Norman HIGHAM
Rank: Private
Number: 33397
Unit: 2nd Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 28 August 1916
Age:
Cemetery: Cambrin Churhyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France

Almost nothing is known about Norman except that army records published after the War indicate he had been born in Failsworth and was living in Cheadle Heath when he enlisted into the army at Hollinwood. It has not been possible to positively identify Norman on the 1901 Census although there is a five year old boy of this name living at 401 Stockport Road, Adswood. This boy had been born in Cheadle and he was the youngest child. The remainder of the family all had connections with Bromley in Kent. In spite of the differences in birth place, this is probably the future soldier.

Norman's service number suggests he had enlisted around the end of 1915 and could not have been at the front for too long before he was killed. On 23 August 1916, the Battalion took over a section of the front line at Cuinchy from the 5/6th Royal Scots. To the south, the Battle of the Somme had been underway for nearly two months but here, 10 kilometres east of Bethune, it was relatively quiet. The Battalion's War Diary makes no mention of casualties during the tour of duty and notes, for the 28th, "Enemy quiet. Our trench mortars bombarded their lines but drew no retaliation."  Retaliation must have come from somewhere - perhaps an enemy sniper - as by the end of the day, Norman was dead.

   
           
   
     
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