Norman was born in Osmaston, Derbyshire in 1897, the son of Shadrach C. and Caroline Everett. They were still in Osmaston in 1901, together with Norman’s siblings Alfred, Bertrand, Elsie and Victoria. Norman’s family were at 29 Thorne Street, Ettingshall, by 1911, but I have been unable to track down Norman himself.
On 2 June 1915, he enlisted in the 3rd/6th South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 241174). His address by this date was 29 Thorne Street, Ettingshall, Wolverhampton. He was promoted to Lance Corporal and later Corporal. He served in France from 12 May 1916. His service record includes a statement from Norman, dated 14 April 1918, which tells of an incident when a Lewis Gun limber ran over his foot. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, as printed in the London Gazette on 3 June 1919 with the citation appearing 11 March 1920, as follows:
Near Bellenglise, on 29th September, 1918, he took command of his platoon at a critical stage of the attack, .and led them to the final objective. With his Lewis gun he successfully engaged an enemy machine gun, and himself killed and captured a large number of the enemy.
Norman was demobilised in March 1919. There is a Norman S. Everitt who married Elsie M. Kibble in Wolverhampton in 1924, which may be the same man. This couple had two children, Roma S. (1925) and Patricia M. (1929) in Wolverhampton. Norman died in Bilston in 1950.