Museum of the Manchester Regiment
The Men Behind the Medals

Frederick Norman

Frederick Norman :

Frederick Norman : Afghanistan Medal

Afghanistan Medal

We don't know anything about Frederick's family or early life.

Frederick joined the Army in around 1869. He enlisted in the 63rd Regiment of Foot and was given the service number 1301. They were stationed in Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland when he enlisted.

During 1870 the 63rd Regiment sailed to India. The next year they were united with the 96th Regiment and formed the 16th Brigade.

We don't know anything about Frederick's service until the Second Afghan War of 1878-80. The 63rd Regiment played a small part in this conflict. Frederick was with them in August 1880 when they marched from Sibi in modern Pakistan to try to relieve British forces under siege in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Another force marching south from Kabul got there first so Frederick will have seen very little fighting. After the end of the war the 63rd Regiment stayed in Kandahar until the British withdrew in April 1881.

On the 1st July the 63rd Regiment became the 1st Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. They were stationed at Quetta, in modern Pakistan, at the time.

The 1st Battalion was sent to Egypt on the 6th September 1882, to take part in the Anglo-Egyptian War. Frederick did not go with them, which suggests he had left the Army by this time. The rest of his life remains a mystery.

Frederick's medal was donated to the Museum of the Manchester Regiment in around 1948.

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