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13/10/2020 - Date passed away
It is with deep sadness the family of Jack announce the news of his passing.
He was born 15/12/1921 in Loudwater, Bucks, to William and Harriet Norman, and was the youngest of their 8 children. He lived all of his 98+ years in Loudwater, apart from the 14 years dedicated service he spent with his beloved Royal Marines.
Jack joined on 14thFeb 1939, just over the age of 17, training at Deal, where he passed for duty on 29th September with the 341st King’s Squad. He then spent 3 months at Portsmouth before joining his first ship, HMS Hood, which he served on from 12th January – 24th June 1940. He was stationed back at Portsmouth Barracks recovering from a medical operation, when tragically, the comrades he had signed up & trained with perished with the sinking of the ship. Jack’s thoughts were with them to his very end.
Upon recovery, he subsequently served on the Malaya, Valiant and Theseus. In March 1948 he was stationed in the RM Barracks at Eastney, then Chatham, before returning to Deal in February 1950.In August 1950, Jack had a brief spell on HMS Ocean, before being stationed at RM Barracks at Plymouth, then back at Eastney. Finally, Jack spent 16 months on the Indefatigable, before returning to Plymouth, where he was discharged on 3rd May 1953. Once home, he became a cabinet maker until his retirement at the age of 70.
Jack married his beloved wife Joyce on 17thFebruary 1945. They were married for 67 years until sadly, Joyce passed away in 2012.
Jack’s recollections will be greatly missed by his son John, daughter Janis, and their families.
Funeral to be held at Loudwater Cemetery, Monday 9th November 12.30pm.