Norman Preston Ricketts (c.1899-1918)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Norman Preston Ricketts

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

RICKETTS, NORMAN PRESTON. Rifleman. No 60476. 7th Reserve Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mr and Mrs George Henry Ricketts, Outlane, Netherthong. Educated Netherthong National School. Employed by Messrs J. and J. Lancaster, Mytholm Bridge, and later at Albert Mills, Holmfirth. Attended Netherthong United Methodist Church. Was a member of the Working Men's Club and the Gardeners Friendly Society. Enlisted 10.5.1917. Was in training at the Cannock Chase Military Camp, Staffordshire. Died of meningitis at Cannock Chase Military Hospital on 2.1.1918, aged 18 years. Buried with full military honours at ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, NETHERTHONG. Grave location:- in South- West part, L, 73.
His parents received a letter from a chum of their son, also in training at Cannock Chase, 'I feel I must write a line or two to assure you that I am almost heartbroken over the sudden death of your son Norman. He and myself have been together ever since we joined up on May 10th 1917. He has been the best of pals and the last time I saw him was last Tuesday night. 'D' Company was isolated on Wednesday morning and Norman was taken to hospital at dinnertime. I made enquiries the next morning and was told by his Captain that he had passed away the night before after a short period of consciousness. His loss will be seriously felt by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. I can assure you that you have my heartfelt sympathy in your terrible bereavement'.
ROH:- Netherthong and Thongsbridge War Memorial; Netherthong Working Men's Club.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission