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Norman Joseph Brindley was born in Wolverhampton in 1898, the son of Henry Joseph and Mary Ann Brindley (nee Neale). He was not their first child; they had another son, Herbert Henry, born 7 January 1890, who unfortunately died a few months later. In the 1901 census he appeared together with his parents at 118 Dudley Road. By 1911 the family had moved to 31 Mason Street.

Norman enlisted with the 8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), service number 371248. He was killed on 28 April 1918, aged 20. He is buried at St Philip’s graveyard in Penn Fields, and is commemorated on the memorial at St Mary’s Church, Bushbury and on the Wolverhampton Postal Workers Memorial (indicating his pre-War employment).