Major Norman Teacher D.S.O.

Major Norman McD. Teacher, D.S.O., 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.  He died in Belgium on 26th September 1917, aged 39, of wounds received during the Battle of Third Ypres. He was the husband of Dorothy A.Teacher of Newtown Hill, Leixlip, Co.Kildare and is buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. ( The C.W.G.C. site and the Regimental History both give his Rank as Lieutenant Colonel when he died ). He was mortally wounded in an attack near Zonnebeke. The Battalion was faced with an impassable swamp and being forced to go round it lost the protection of the barrage. As they reformed on the far side of the swamp they came under attack from German machine guns at Hill 40 near Zonnebeke Station. It was here that Teacher, who was a very tall man, received his fatal wound. Despite counter attacks the Battalion held the ground won and were relieved next day. Casualties were high. 8 Officers and 53 Other Ranks were killed and 8 Officers and 317 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 67 Other Ranks were posted missing.

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