Hugh Norton-Taylor



Aug 29, 1884

Born at Halifax Nova Scotia


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59958 (temporary number 978)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Norton-Taylor of Wellington St. Kingston Ontario

o       Later changed to Mrs HE Marsh of Austen Way (RNS), Gerrards Cross, England

o       Also note to notify Mr Norton Taylor (son) of Sarnia Ontario

Ø      Stated to be single

Ø      Previous occupation given as Salesman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 7th Regt, New York National Guard

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Mar 11, 1915

Promoted to rank of Corporal


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sanding Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Cpl


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Dec 26, 1915

Promoted to rank of Sgt, to replace Sgt Harvey (59433) 

Note  the file gives the number as 59443, but that number belonged to Pte Roy Hawkins.  No 59433 belonged to Sgt HJ Harvey


May 3, 1916

Sent to Cadet School pending Commission


May 6, 1916

Admitted to No 10 Stationary Hospital at St Omer, France, disease not determined


Jun 9, 1916

Rejoined battalion from school, hospital and leave


Aug 6, 1916

Commissioned as a Lieutenant


Sep 16, 1916

Reported as killed in action


Lieut Hugh Norton-Taylor has no known grave and is commemorated on the Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France



British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-15 Star were sent to his brother, WH Norton-Taylor of Brockville Ontario 

No Memorial Cross was issued as his mother predeceased him, and he was not married.




During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Hugh Norton-Taylor's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Hugh Norton-Taylor being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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