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Major, Edward Cuthbert NORSWORTHY

Major, Edward Cuthbert NORSWORTHY

Male 1879 - 1915  (35 years)

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  • Name Edward Cuthbert NORSWORTHY 
    Prefix Major, 
    Born 29 May 1879  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Apr 1915  Langemarck, West Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Major E. C. NORSWORTHY, Canadian, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment), 13th. Bn., age 35, died 22 April 1915; son of James C. and Mary NORSWORTHY, of Ingersoll, Ontario. (War Graves)

      He died at Ypres. "As the men of the 13th. emerged from the trenches to the roadway, Major Norsworthy used the words well worthy of remembrance: 'Come on men, remember we are Canadians and all the eyes of Canada are upon us' - with that they went forward with a yell, taking up the new position. While rallying the fleeing Turcos, Captain Drummond was killed, and at the same moment Major Norsworthy fell to the ground, receiving a wound in the neck; as he staggered to his knees, two of his men ran to his assistance and wanted to help him back to a dressing station; he ordered them back to their place in the line, saying, 'No man should retire that could hold a gun.' He merely tied his handkerchief about the wound and continued to cheer his men to stick fast, walking up and down the roadway indifferent to his own danger - finally he fell mortally wounded and died on the roadside." (Book)
    Buried Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, West Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • He was buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, 544, 10, near Leper, Belgium; grave ref. LIX.B.24.(War Graves)

      In Memory of / Major E C NORSWORTHY / Mentioned in Despatches / 13th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) / who died age 35 / on 22 April 1915 / Son of James C. and Mary Norsworthy, of Ingersoll, Ontario. / Remembered with honour. / TYNE COT CEMETERY

      His father, J. C. Norsworthy received a letter written on 10 Feb. 1922 from the Adjutent-General, Canadian Militia in Ottawa:

      Sir:

      During the exhumation work in Flanders a grave has been found containing the remains of a Major of the Royal Highlanders of Canada. The location of the grave was about one mile South East of Langemark. From information available it is thought that the remains are those of Major Norsworthy and the body has been re-buried in Tyne Cot British Cemetery, Plot 59, Row "B", Grave 24.

      The removal and re-burial were carried out with every measure of care and reverence, special arrangements having been made for an appropriate religious service, and enclosed herewith is a report which contains all the available information relative to the new grave.

      The temporary wooden memorial at present erected will at some future date be replaced by a permanent stone monument, and enclosed herewith for your information is literature in this connection.
      (Book)

      "When Edward was killed in 1915, J. C. commissioned a bronze bust of Edward and had it placed atop the family monument where Mary Jane had been laid to rest. 'Major Norsworthy sacrified all - suffered all - dared all - and died.' reads part of the inscription. The bust's handsome face looks through coloured branches, over the river and across town toward the Norsworthy home, the roof peaks of which will be visible once the leaves have dropped. Having died so far away, perhaps it comforted J. C. to have his son looking homeward. Some believe Edward is supposed to be watching over the homestead; maybe guarding the mysterious hiding place of a strong box the 90 year old J. C. was supposed to have left behind after his death in 1936." (Roberts)
    Person ID I4296  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2018 

    Father James Caunter NOSWORTHY,   b. 2 Jul 1846, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1936, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Mary Jane CUTHBERT,   b. 14 Sep 1852, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1891, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1878  West Oxford Township, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • NORSWORTHY--CUTHBERT--At Croft Hyrme [?], West Oxford [township], by the Rev. John McEwen, on the 26th ult., James Counter NORSWORTHY, Esq., to Miss Mary CUTHBERT. (Website)

      James C. NORSWORTHY, 30, Banker, England, Ingersoll, s/o John & Mary, married Mary Jane CUTHBERT, 25, Canada, West Oxford, d/o Alexander and Jane. Witnesses: Thomas VALIAN, of London, Ontario and Henrietta CUTHBERT of West Oxford, 25 April 1878. (Archives) [Henrietta would have been Mary Jane's sister.] [5, 6, 7]
    Photos
    Sketch of Norsworthy home
    Sketch of Norsworthy home
    250 King St. East, Ingersoll. The home originated as part of the dowry of Mary Jane Cuthbert.
    250 King St. East, Ingersol, Ontario in 2008
    250 King St. East, Ingersol, Ontario in 2008
    Family ID F1197  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Norsworthy boys
    Norsworthy boys
    Believed to be (L-R) Edward, Alfred, John and Stanley; sons of James Counter Norsworthy and Mary Jane Cuthbert
    Norsworthy sons
    Norsworthy sons
    Blackwatch Regiment 1914-1918. L-R: Edward, Weldon, Alfred, and Stanley.
    Norsworthy
    Norsworthy
    Edward Norsworthy
    Norsworthy
    Norsworthy
    Edward Norsworthy
    Major Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy
    Major Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy
    This painting, commissioned by his father, hangs in the entrance to the Officer's Mess at the Black Watch Regiment in Montreal.
    Plaque for Edward C. Norsworthy at Ingersoll Cemetery
    Plaque for Edward C. Norsworthy at Ingersoll Cemetery
    MAJOR EDWARD CUTHBERT NORSWORTHY
    13th Battalion Royal Highlanders
    3rd Brigade Canadian Expeditionary Force
    Born in Ingersoll 29th May 1879
    Killed in action at Langemarck 22nd April 1915
    Mentioned in Despatches
    by Field Marshall Sir John French
    for gallant and distinguished
    service in the field

    Not for fame or reward - not for place or rank
    not lured by ambition - goaded by necessity
    but in simple obedience to duty
    as he understood it
    Major Norsworthy sacrificed all - suffered all
    dared all - and died.

    "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori".

    Documents
    Remembrance Book: Peace Tower, Ottawa
    Remembrance Book: Peace Tower, Ottawa
    Commemoration of Major Edward Cuthbert Norsworthy in the Remembrance Book for 1915.

    Headstones
    NORSWORTHY
    NORSWORTHY

    In Memory of
    MAJOR E. C. NORSWORTHY
    Mentioned in Despatches
    13th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
    who died age 35
    on 22 April 1915
    Son of James C. and Mary Norsworthy, of Ingersoll, Ontario.
    Remembered with honour
    TYNE COT CEMETERY

    NORSWORTHY
    NORSWORTHY
    The bust of EDWARD CUTHBERT NORSWORTHY sits on top of the Norsworthy monument, and faces his home, Norleigh. It was commissioned after his death by his father, James C. Norsworthy.

  • Sources 
    1. [S217] Newspaper.

    2. [S28] Website: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org).

    3. [S348] Book: A Canadian Family in the Great War 1914 - 1918, J. Castell Hopkins, (Published privately, Toronto, 1921. Copy in Parish of Widecombe-in-the-Moor Family History Center Library.).

    4. [S470] Magazine.

    5. [S162] Website.

    6. [S317] Ontario Archives.

    7. [S109] Civil Marriage Registration.


  

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