Year of death: 1917
Date of birth: 1888
Date of death: 4/10/1917
Place of death: Killed in action
Service number: 20801
Regiment: 2nd Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Cemetery location: Section N
Where remembered?: Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium
Louis was born in Scarborough, the youngest son of Edward, a police constable, and Ruth, of 56 Trafalgar Street East. He attended John Brown’s Central Board School for Boys until the age of 13, when he was apprenticed to Frank Wilson, a tailor and ladies costume maker. He qualifies as a tailor and worked in Leeds.
Louis enlisted in June 1915 and fought at Vimy Ridge. The Scarborough Mercury 26/10/1917 reported “Ex policeman’s son killed. Official news has been received that Private Louis E Normanton, youngest son of ex PC and Mrs Normanton, 80 Trafalgar Road, has been killed in action. Private Normanton,was a single man, aged 28. He had twice been in hospital having suffered badly from trench foot. He was also in hospital in France with blood poisoning. He was on leave in Scarborough about a year ago. A comrade named Webster, of Brook Street, sent home the news of Private Normanton’s death, both men being in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Webster was able to assure his friends that Private Normanton had been properly buried. News also came from the chaplain, as well as the official intelligence, which gives the date of death as October 4th. Mrs Normanton’s health has been impaired largely as a result of anxiety about her son’s death”
Despite Webster’s assurances regarding burial, Louis does not have a grave.