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Norman was born in Ettingshall on 13 March 1887, the son of William and Mary Ann Beebee. In 1901 they were living at 80 and 82 John Street, Ettingshall, along with Norman’s siblings Lizzie, Edith L., Harry B. Ada B., and Arthur D. Norman was a commercial clerk. By 1911, he was living with his widowed mother, sister Lizzie and brother Arthur Wilfred, at 80 John Street, Ettingshall. Norman was a stocktaker for a brewer.

On 7 June 1916, Norman enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery (number 99409). He was discharged on 16 January 1919 for being no longer physically fit for service, and awarded a Silver War Badge (number B83078).

In 1913, he married Florence E. Whittaker, and they had a daughter, Jean M., in 1919. Norman died in Aldershot in 1970.