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WW2 Family Group, Essex Regiment/ATS - Attributed to the Norrish Family

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An absolutely fascinating WW2 family medal group, attributed to the Norrish family who served with the Essex Regiment and the ATS. The details of their awards are as follows:-

5623636 Private Percy Frederick Norrish who served with the 4th Battalion Essex Regiment:

1939-45 Star unnamed as issued.

Africa Star unnamed as issued.

Italy Star unnamed as issued.

Defence Medal unnamed as issued.

British War Medal unnamed as issued.

W/175029 Irene Norrish (nee McQuade) who served with the ATS from June 1942 but was later transferred to the RAOC Serving with B Company Donnington ATS (at the ROAC COD) in February 1943:

Defence Medal unnamed as issued.

British War Medal unnamed as issued.

Further details of WW2 medal award criteria, can be viewed by clicking on here and scrolling to the relevant medal entry.

The medals are loose and in regards to Percy Norrish the medals come with their original ribbons with the exception of the Defence Medal and British War Medal whereby these ribbons were missing and have been replaced.

His accompanying Army Council Medal Award Slip indicates that he would also have been awarded an 1st or 8th Army bar and sadly this is missing too. Accompanying his medal group is a whole host of photographs from North Africa and Italy and other locations within the Mediterranean including soldiers at Gibraltar (10-12-41), with German Ceremonial Flag captured from the Afrika Corps at Cap Bon (5-1-43), Naples (3-6-44), Pireus Greece (7-1-45), Axioupolis (8-7-45), plus many others with description of locations and activities written on the back.

On the basis of the photos and the comments on the back of the photos, I suspect that he was in 8th Army.

In regards to Irene Norrish’ medals, these include the original ribbons, Army Council Medal Award Slip indicating that she received two medals and this group comes with an accompanying Soldier’s Pay Book and Identity card.

Complementing both groups is a whole host of other family photographs and telegrams in relation to their wedding and one from Percy Norris (while based in Gibraltar) to Irene McQuade wishing her a happy 21st birthday.


The Norrish family is quite easy to trace on Ancestry. Their whole family tree has been mapped out and can be viewed by clicking on here, (if you have access to Ancestry). In summary, Percival Frederick Norris was born in August 1917, at Plymouth, Devon. He appears on the 1939 Register which can be viewed by clicking on here (if you have access to ‘find my past’), living in Garden Crescent, Plymouth, his employment is given as ‘Paper Warehouse Labourer’. 

Based on the fact that he appears on the 1939 Register, it can be assumed that he joined up at the outset of hostilities. In Irene’s ‘Soldier’s Pay Book’ following her wedding to Percy, see adds him as her next of kin and notes the fact that he’s serving with the Essex Regiment.

He was wounded twice later in the war, and appears on a casualty list which can be viewed by clicking on here, (again if you have a subscription to ‘find my past’). On this entry it notes that he is a part of the 4th Battalion Essex Regiment which was attached to the 4th Infantry Division.

The actions and activity of the Essex Regiment can be viewed by clicking on here whereas the Division can be viewed by clicking on here. I have no further details of his life following his marriage to Irene McQuade in May 1943 other than they had two children and that he passed away in October 1993 at Plymouth.

In regards to Irene, she was born in June 1920, and her family also appears on the 1939 Register, which can be viewed by clicking on here (again if you have access to ‘find my past’), living in Gibbon Street - the same address as noted on her Identity Card.  She served in the ATS (assigned to the COD at Donnington, now Donnington MOD (details here) and married Percy as detailed above. Again I have no other details of her life after she left the forces, other than the fact that she passed away in 2002.

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Seller Information:
  • Sellers Name:
    Phil Haigh
  • Item Location:
    Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Sellers Telephone Number:
    07729 479618
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