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Book-keeper for wholesale grocer

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William Edward Norwood

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Clarence William, Violet Beatrice, Frederick Edward. Elsie Ellen

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Ellen Beatrice Norwood (nee Elliott)

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5 Marriott Road


Stanley Arthur Norwood was born on 6 January 1902 in Islington. His father was William Edward Norwood, a designer and draughtsman at the time of Stanley’s birth, and his mother was Ellen Beatrice Norwood (nee Elliott). Stanley had an older brother Clarence, who became a clergyman and was a missionary in Siam (Thailand). They were both baptised at St Mary’s, Hornsey when the family were living in Lancaster Road, Stroud Green, beside the Great Northern Railway, now the Parkland Walk. But soon afterwards the family moved to Marriott Road, right by New Court Chapel. A younger sister Violet was born in 1904. In 1911 their father was working as a fish and poultry checker and their mother as a dressmaker at home. Two more children were born: Frederick in 1912 and Elsie in 1914. Frederick was baptised in St Mark’s Tollington Park in April that year.

It is difficult to imagine what Stanley would have done in the First World War, as he was only 12 years old when it broke out. No records of his service have been found. He could have signed up during the war and lied about his age as many boys did. Not everyone had a birth certificate. Although technically they had to be 19 years old to fight, the law did not prevent 14-year-olds from signing up and 25,000 teenagers did so. Some were gripped by patriotic fervour; others were anxious to escape grim conditions at home or sought adventure. The Army was keen to recruit soldiers: sergeants were paid two shillings and sixpence for each new recruit. Little did these boys realise what they were letting themselves in for. He first appears in the St Mellitus Roll of Honour for 1917 and there is a dagger by his name, which indicates that he was ‘discharged (invalided or ill health)’, so perhaps he was discharged early.

But whatever he did, Stanley was one of the survivors. He is shown at Marriott Road in the 1921 New Court Chapel membership list and it is clear from the census that other members of his family were still there too. Stanley lived there throughout the 1920s but in the 1930s the family moved to Warham Road, next to the New River in Harringay. Here Stanley lived with various family members and neighbours, shifting between adjacent houses to accommodate changing situations. He is listed here in the 1939 Register as a book-keeper for a wholesale grocer’s, also serving in the Auxiliary Fire Service in Clerkenwell. He died on 29 December 1977, shortly before his 76th birthday, whilst living in a flat in Palmers Green, again close to the New River.