India General Service Medal 1854-1895, 1 Clasp: Northwest Frontier, awarded to Lieutenant later Captain C.B. Norman, Indian Army, the son of Sir James Norman, and brother of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wylie Norman, who having served with both the 71st Foot and 90th Foot, then transferred to the Indian Army in 1868, when commissioned into the Bengal Staff Corps. Norman was then present with the 2nd Regiment of Infantry, Punjab Frontier Force, during the operations on the North West Frontier as part of the expedition under Major General Wilde when engaged against the Bazoti Black Mountain tribes in the period from 3rd to 22nd October 1868. He subsequently became an author, and published amongst others ‘Battle Honours of the British Army: From Tangier, 1662, to the Commencement of the Reign of King Edward VII’ in 1911. He was briefly back in service during the Great War when just over 70 years old, being commissioned as a temporary Captain in March 1915.
India General Service Medal 1854-1895, 1 Clasp: Northwest Frontier; (LIEUT. C. B. NORMAN 2ND. PUNJAB INFY.)
Condition: surname officially correct, rim slightly rubbed, Very Fine.
Charles Boswell Norman was born on 9th January 1846 in Calcutta, India, and was baptised at Fort William on 3rd February in that year, he being the fourth son and sixth child of Sir James Norman and his wife Charlotte, nee Wylie. One of his brothers was the future Field Marshal Sir Henry Wylie Norman.
Norman was commissioned via the Royal Military College as an Ensign into the 71st Highland Regiment of Foot on 15th January 1864, and then transferred to the 90th Regiment of Foot - the Perthshire Volunteers on 16th February 1864. Norman then transferred to the Indian Army and was appointed as a Lieutenant to the Bengal Staff Corps on 17th July 1868, and then saw service with the 2nd Regiment of Infantry, Punjab Frontier Force.
As such Norman was then present during the operations on the North West Frontier as part of the expedition under Major General A.T. Wilde C.B., C.S.I., when engaged against the Bazoti Black Mountain tribes in the period from 3rd to 22nd October 1868. There was however very little action during this campaign.
Norman was promoted to Captain on 15th January 1876, but then had his commission removed with the approval of Her Majesty the Queen, as notified in the London Gazette for 16th February 1877. Norman then went to reside in Notting Hill, London, and was there when he was declared bankrupt on 13th October 1879. Norman became an author, and had published ‘Armenia, and the Campaign of 1877’ in 1878, followed by ‘Tonkin: Or, France in the Far East’ in 1884. He then wrote ‘The Corsairs of France’ in 1887, and ‘Battle Honours of the British Army: From Tangier, 1662, to the Commencement of the Reign of King Edward VII’ in 1911.
With the outbreak of the Great War, despite being then of a fairly advanced age and over 70, he was nevertheless granted a commission into the British Army as a temporary Captain on 31st March 1915. He was clearly employed in some form on home service, and would not have gained any campaign awards. Norman died in 1926.