NORTON, Gerard Ross  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Norton, Gerard Ross
Date of birth: September 7th, 1915 (Herschel, Kape Province, South-Africa)
Date of death:  October 29th, 2004 (Harare, Zimbabwe)
Nationality:  South African
     
VICTORIA CROSS (VC)
Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: Kaffrarian Rifles, South African Forces
Awarded on: December 1st, 1944
Action: During an attack on an enemy position on 31 August 1944, Lieutenant Nortonís platoon came under heavy enemy fire near Monte Gidolfo, Italy. After judging this awkward situation Lieutenant Norton stormed forwards alone and managed to put an enemy machine-gun post out of action. During a follow-up attack on two other machine-gun posts he eventually managed to put them out of action and to take some prisoners of war. During these actions Lieutenant Nicholson constantly operated under heavy enemy fire. His heroic actions saved his platoon.
Details: Later promoted to the rank of Captain.
 
     
MILITARY MEDAL (MM)
 
     
1939-1945 STAR
 
     
AFRICA STAR
 
     
ITALY STAR
 
     
DEFENCE MEDAL 1939-1945
 
     
WAR MEDAL 1939-1945
 
     
AFRIKA DIENS MEDALJE 1939-1945
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Vistoria Cross
Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
   
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