Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Keighley, Oakworth, Yorkshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales

Superviseur de tissage

Informations service militaire

Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Bradford, Yorkshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
 —  Seaforth Highlanders 1/4th Bn. (Ross Highland)  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Pheasant Trench, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panneau: 135A

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 2

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Mon histoire

Private Norman Walbank, a former weaving onlooker, was part of the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, 154th Infantry Brigade, 51st Division which took part in the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge on the 20th of September 1917.

The 51st division attacked with two brigades, namely the 154 Brigade and special parties of the 152 Brigade to form a flank. The 154 Brigade advanced with the 9th Royal Scots to the first objective. The 4th Seaforth Highlanders, together with the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and 4th Gordon Highlanders were tasked with taking the second objective.

When advancing at 5:40 a.m., the Seaforths were able to take White House without opposition, but Pheasant Trench was very strongly held. Although the left side of Pheasant Trench could be captured with little opposition, there was very fierce fighting on the right side. The Seaforths were able to capture and consolidate the Blue Line around 6:28 a.m. The War Diary states that around 6:59 p.m. the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders were holding a line in advance of White House, to Pheasant Farm and until Cemetery on the left. On the right two platoons counterattacked and reestablished a line that had previously been lost in a German counterattack.

Private Norman Walbank was most likely killed during the advance on Pheasant Trench. Although it’s possible that he died while holding the newly won line, it’s more likely that he was killed during the attack. His body was not recovered. Private Norman Walbank is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Chris McCarthy, 'Passchendaele : The Day-by-Day,' London: Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018, p. 86-87.
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M.M. Haldane, 'A history of the Fourth Battalion the Seaforth Highlanders,' London: H.F. & G. Witherby, 1927, p. 228-234.
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Naval & Military Archive
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The Long, Long Trail
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