On the 18th September 1923, Frank Norman was born a son to Clarence and Louie Norman. At that time, Adolf Hitler’s “Beer Hall Putch” in Munich fails, sending him to prison, a German Shepard becomes the first canine film star, an earthquake destroys 2 thirds of Tokyo and a whooping cough vaccine had been developed.
Clarence Norman owned a sweet shop, giving Frank an almost perfect start to life. How can you go wrong with an assortment of thousands of different sweets downstairs! You can imagine the stories that brought up. There were the ones about throwing up after eating too many sweets, of course, and the ones about him and his friends sneaking down after dark to eat. When his dad got a new job at the water board, he was in tears. It took him a good week to get over losing the novelty of living over a sweet shop.
However, he carried on with life, and joined the boy’s brigade. He had the idea from “the day he was born” to be able to fight in the army, and this was the closest he could get at the age of 10. In 1935, he had something, or someone else to worry about. His parents had a little girl, called Vera. She was the pride and joy of his family, but, less than a year later, she died very suddenly. This was down to heart failure, or a heart murmur, he was never told properly, because he was “too young to understand”. He didn’t really remember her very well, and learnt to forget, because it was such a tragedy.
He got a place at a highly commended grammar school, Hampton grammar school. At this school he was able to get the qualifications he needed to earn the money he needed.
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After he left school, he started to work at York House, in an accounts department. This was where he was to meet the love of his life, Elona Heavey. This relationship was suddenly cut off however, after the outbreak of war. He deserted her for the army. He even lied about his age, getting in a year early, at the age of 17. Chosen for officer, sent off to an officer training camp and that was where Frank was prepared for WW2. However, Frank blew his chances of going straight to war, for the most stupid reason. During the break, it was his turn to get the ciggy’s for the lads. After paying for them, he put them in his hat to carry them, until a Major walked past. On sight of someone higher rank than you, your hat is supposed to be put on and salute the major. After failing to do this, he was demoted and forced to become a private again. After a year of work, he returned to officer’s training to repeat his work again. This was actually a godsend for him, for the unit that he would have been commanding, were captured on the front, tortured and brutally murdered, and this biography would have been very short. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery.
At the end of 1944, newly married, he eventually was sent to the front, fighting in Germany, “I served in Venis regiments firing twenty-five pounders, twelve inch Howitzers.” After the main force of the British army pushed the Germans back, it was his regiment’s job to finish off the Germans at Dunkirk. After a week of non-stop bombardment from the British, the mortars were abandoned and they all stormed the German resistance. It was all over in a matter of hours. The Germans surrendered and pretty soon the war was declared to be over. They continued to advance until they met with the main force and then the Russians. They then stayed on as army of occupation, which frank was pleased about. “It was great, to have the feeling of power. We were in control, and there was nothing those Jerry’s could do about it.” That was the first time he had used that word. The way he said it gave him pride, something he had done for his country. However, he was at the opening of two concentration camps, Belsen and Bad Grund. It was the most degrading and horrific things he had ever seen in his life. Those people that were left were barely able to be called people, they were all so thin, but all the same, they embraced him with joy in their heart, for being freed. The air was solemn, and many had died at these places. As it was his job to search the camp for survivors, he saw the most disgusting sights. The living conditions were horrible, and there were torture rooms, which still had prisoners in them. These people could hardly move, and had been beaten many times. He Frank didn’t want to go back there. After VE day, he was sent over to India to clear up the debris, and also guard some European tea plantations. This was an easy job, compared to fighting the Germans!!! After a year in India, he was discharged from the army and returned for parties at home!
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After he had completely recovered from the “horrors” of war, he managed to return to work at York house, and worked all his life and ended up as borough treasurer, a highly respected position. This was where he re-met with his friend Elona, whom he got married to on 23rd September 1944, just before he went off to war. From this time onward he was determined to have a quiet, uneventful life, spending much of his spare time on an allotment. He never spoke about his time at war until me, not even to his wife!
He then had two children, a daughter, Tricia, and a son, David. They lived with uneventful lives until his wife died, at the age of 51. This was more of a relief than a time of grief, for she had been suffering for a long time, and didn’t deserve to be put through so much pain.
After this, frank carried on working until he got cancer of the bladder, and was given 3 months to live. He went through aggressive treatment, and survived, living on sick pay for almost 10 years, which in a way was great for he was resting at home and getting paid for it!!!
Another thing which he is reluctant to talk about, is his son David, who he always argued with as a child, and they never had a good relationship. David went missing in 1987, and has never been seen or heard of. He hasn’t contacted Frank in 14 years, and Frank feared the worst.
He retired at 70 and moved to a bungalow in Rosecroft Gardens, Twickenham. This backs on to Harlequins stadium, and is just down the road from Twickenham. He is a member at both stadiums, and also goes around the world to see England play cricket, in between cruises. He has decided to live life to the full, as he feels he is living on borrowed time, almost 19 years in fact, and is now quite ill.
America emerged from World War II as the world’s strongest power and commenced a postwar economic boom that lasted for two decades. A bulging population migrated to the suburbs and sunbelt, leaving the cities increasingly to minorities and the poor. The end of WWII left the United States and the Soviet Union as the two dominant world powers, and they soon became locked in a “cold war” ...