b. 07/09/1915 Herschel, South Africa. d. 29/10/2004 Harare, Zimbabwe.
He was 28 years old, and a lieutenant in the Kaffrarian Rifles, South African Forces, attached to 1/4th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment (later The Royal Hampshire Regiment) during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 31 August 1944 during the attack on Montegridolfo, Italy, Lieutenant Norton's platoon was pinned down by heavy fire. On his own initiative and with complete disregard for his own safety, he advanced alone and attacked the first machine-gun emplacement, killing the crew of three. He then went on to the second position containing two machine-guns and 15 riflemen, and wiped out both machine-gun nests, killing or taking prisoner the remainder of the enemy. Throughout these attacks he was continuously under fire from a self-propelled gun, nevertheless he calmly went on to lead his platoon against the remaining enemy positions.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: UNKNOWN LOCATION IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE
Autograph at the Union Jack Club
Please the two images above are from the Montegridolfo War Museum in Italy, and the road sign is from Trebbio di Montegridolfo near to the site of Gerard Norton's VC action. All these images are courtesy of Danny Cesaretti with thanks.