Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy

In memory of
Major
Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy
April 22, 1915

Military Service:

Age:
35
Force:
Army
Unit:
Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
Division:
13th Bn.
Honours and Awards:
Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information:

Son of James C. and Mary Norsworthy, of Ingersoll, Ontario. Brother of Lieutenant Alfred James Norsworthy who was killed in action on March 29, 1917.

Commemorated on Page 31 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
TYNE COT CEMETERY , Belgium
Grave Reference:
LIX. B. 24.
Location:
Tyne Cot Cemetery is located 9 Km north east of Ieper town centre on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The cemetery itself lies 700 meters along the Tynecotstraat on the right hand side of the road. Tyne Cot or Tyne Cottage was the name given by the Northumberland Fusiliers to a barn which stood near the level crossing on the Passchendaele-Broodseinde road. Three of these blockhouses still stand in the cemetery; the largest, which was captured on 4 October 1917 by the 3rd Australian Division, was chosen as the site for the Cross of Sacrifice by King George V during his pilgrimage to the cemeteries of the Western Front in Belgium and France in 1922. The Tyne Cot Cemetery is now the resting-place of nearly 12,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces, the largest number of burials of any Commonwealth cemetery of either world war.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper Clipping – In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Circumstances of Death Registers – Report on the death of Major Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy on 22 April 1915, as detailed in the "Circumstances of Casualty".
  • Circumstances of Death Registers – Report on the death of Major Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy on 22 April 1915, as detailed in the "Circumstances of Casualty". This is the reverse side of the file that shows that the reported area of his grave was Sheet 28.C.6 (trench map reference).
  • Document – The remains of Major Norsworthy were exhumed after the war from the reference area where they were noted on his "Circumstance of Casualty" document. The CWGC COG-BR shows that he was initially referenced as an "Unknown Canadian Officer, Major of Canada, Royal Highlander and Crown & Kilt". That allowed for his identification as Major Norsworthy, being the only candidate for that set of remains. He was found a 28.c.6.b.3.8 where a large number of men of the 13th Battalion (5th Regiment, Royal Highlanders of Canada) were recovered.
  • Grave Registration Report – The CWGC Graves Registration Report Form (GRRF) shows that Major Norsworthy is buried in Plot 59 Row B Grave 24 of the Tyne Cot (British) Cemetery. Five (5) other men of the 13th Battalion are listed on the same page. The GRRF was prepared on the basis of the identification noted on the COG-BR (see other image).
  • Press clipping – Appeared in the Winnipeg Evening Tribune on May 5th, 1915.
  • Photo of Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy – From The War Book of Upper Canada College, edited by Archibald Hope Young, Toronto, 1923.  This book is a Roll of Honour including former students who served during the First World War.
  • Memorial Tablet – Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy is remembered on this brass Memorial Tablet. It was unveiled on May 1st, 1921 in memory of Upper Canada College students who died on active service during  the First World War.  Upper Canada College is located in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Newspaper Clipping – Notice of promotion and Military Cross awarded to Major Norsworthy's brother.
  • Newspaper Clipping – Photo published in the Toronto Star for 1 May 1915.
  • Newspaper Clipping – First part of an account published in the Toronto Star for 1 May 1915 of the battle in which Major Norsworthy was killed in action.  His death is described in this article.
  • Newspaper Clipping – Second part of an account published in the Toronto Star for 1 May 1915 of the battle in which Major Norsworthy was killed in action.  His death is described in this article.
  • Newspaper Clipping – Third part of an account published in the Toronto Star for 1 May 1915 of the battle in which Major Norsworthy was killed in action.  His death is described in this part of the article.
  • Memorial – The memorial is located in the cemetery in Ingersoll, Ontario.
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Grave Marker – Photo Courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England.

Major Norsworthy's brother, Lieut. Alfred Norswsorthy was killed while serving in the 73th Battalion of the Royal Highlanders of Canada, as was the 13th Battalion.
Their brother, John Weldon, enlisted in the No. 6 McGill (OS) Battery Siege Artillery in May 1916..
  • Diary – War diary entry for April 22, 1915.
  • Attestation Papers – Major Norsworthy's attestation papers.  
His brother Lieut. Alfred Norsworthy died on March 29, 1917.  Both served in the Royal Highlanders of Canada.  Another brother who served with the 42nd Battalion of the Royal Highlanders was Major Stanley Norsworthy.  He and their youngest brother, Lieut. John Norsworthy who enlisted in the No. 6 (McGill) OS Battalion Seige Artillery, survived the war.
  • Attestation Papers
  • Group Photo – Norsworthy brothers all fought in the Royal Highlanders of Canada, but in different battalions.  Left to right, they are:
Edward, Weldon, Alfred, Stanley
Major Edward Norsworthy was killed 22.04.15 and his younger brother, Lieut. Alfred Norsworthy, was killed in 29.03.1917.
Photo is courtesy of the Norsworthy family and used with permission of Anne Brooks of www.annebrooks.ca

and his brother Lieut. Alfred Norsworthy was killed 29.03.17.
  • Newspaper Clipping – A tribute to Major Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy appeared in the Toronto Evening Telegram on May 1st, 1915.
  • Cemetery
  • Cross of Sacrifice
  • Memorial Plaque – Close up of the plaque on the Norsworthy cenotaph in the Rural Cemetery in Ingersoll, Ontario.
  • Photo of Edward Norsworthy – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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