Tuesday, September 3, 2013

grave post - Norsworthy

This beautiful Queen Anne style house is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Jane Norsworthy (the Lady in Grey) who died in 1891 after nursing her children back to health from diptheria. She was only 38 years old.
James Counter (JC) Norsworthy eventually remarried  to a Jane Elizabeth Taylor who raised the five children as her own. 
Four of his sons, Edward, Stanley, Alfred and John all fought in World War I. Both Major Edward and Lieutenant Alfred Norsworthy were killed in action.

13th Battalion Royal Highlanders
3rd Brigade Canadian Expeditionary Force
Born in Ingersoll 29 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
major Norsworthy sacrificed all - suffered all dared all - and died
"Dulci et decorum est pro patria mori"

Buried in Passchaendale, Belgium

"FRED" in memory of Lieutenant Alfred James NORSWORTHY, 73 Battalion, Royal Highlanders, of Canada, born in ingersoll, 3rd May, 1887, killed in action at Vimy Ridge, 29 March 1917. His dauntless courage and cheerfulness under most trying conditions won the admiration of his superior officers and his men. Gentle in peace, a hero in battle, beloved by all who knew him, for God, for truth and for liberty.

Buried in Pas de Calais, France

Stanley Counter Norsworthy was at the Battle of the Somme and  at Courcelette where he was wounded. He was awarded the Military Cross and granted a D.S.O. He died on Christmas Day 1966 at age 85.
John Weldon Norsworthy was in the same battalion as Fred. He served with him and helped to bury him and was wounded shortly afterwards in the Vimy charge. After a partial recovery, he returned to Canada in July, 1917 where he eventually worked as a recruitment and training officer. He died on January 7th, 1975 also at age 85.

Two nephews, Harold and Robert Hunter also did not return home from the war.

A life-size bronze bust of Edward can be seen on the family monument in the Ingersoll Rural Cemetery which, instead of facing east to the rising sun, is facing towards the family home.

After the loss of his sons, J.C. became an expert historian on the war and travelled extensively to speak on the subject.
He had the phrase, "Read the history of your country and understand," incorporated on one of the plaques on the family monument in the cemetery.

a post for Taphophile Tragics


  1. Wow, that is an impressive memorial. Norsworthy is such an unusual name I wonder if there is a connection with my Norsworthys somewhere down the line.

    Beneath Thy Feet

    1. this line of Norsworthys came from Devon

  2. Thought-provoking post. I like the quotation - we can all learn so much from history.

    1. It seems they were a very patriotic lot this family. It must have been devastating to lose two sons and two nephews.

  3. So many losses from one family.

    1. there was a daughter, Helen. it took several tries to even find her name, but I don't think she ever married.

  4. You can find this whole family on my website at www.annebrooks.ca

    1. thanks, I did get some information from there. sorry, I should have credited you as a resource.

  5. Really interesting post! Those placques are so detailed ......
    Thanks for sharing this on Taphophile Tragics!

    1. they are very detailed - showing the pride in their service.


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