Regiment : 19th Division Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery
Service number : N0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 20th January 1918 aged 19
Buried : Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery, France, Grave C. 3.
Birthplace : Worcester
Relatives : Son of Tom Curtis Hartley and Agnes Hartley, II Cumberland Place, Southampton
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Bromsgrove School WW1 Memorial with the information: Second- Lieut.
Educated at Bromsgrove School. Scholar of Worcester College, Oxford
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Norman Hartley was born in 1898. He attended Bromsgrove School from 1911 to 1916 where he was Head Monitor, played for the school XV and XI teams, was a Sergeant in OTC and was Editor of The Bromsgrovian. He obtained an exhibition at Worcester College, Oxford and joined an Artillery O.C.B. but managed while training, to matriculate at London University so as to be eligible to compete for the Worfield Exhibition which he won in July. In September he went to France. A shell caught him while he was laying signal lines up to an observation post, shattered one leg badly and perforated the other in several places; he died about 2 hours later from shock while being taken to the advanced dressing station. At the time he was acting as liaison officer at a Battalion H.Q.
Source: Bromsgrove School at War 1914-19 by Philip Bowen and Bromsgrove School at War 1914-19 by David Cross.
A photograph of Second Lieutenant N.C. Hartley of Worcester can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 9th February 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.