For the last three years, we have been running our World war I Commemoration project at https://www.isleworthsyon.org/ww1, to honour those who gave their lives during the Great War, one the one-hundred year anniversary of their deaths.
Today we honour Norman Garner Stransom, who died during the Battle of the Somme. We were very fortunate to be contacted by Mr Robin Yeld, Norman’s great nephew, who shared with us some fantastic photographs from during the war. The annotations on the photos below were completed by Norman’s brother, John, in March 1959.
First, a brief factfile, courtesy of Mr Yeld:
NORMAN GARNER STRANSOM
Born: 16th May 1896
Education: Isleworth & Syon School, Middlesex. Framingham College, Suffolk 1910-1913
Trained: Ruffy Baumann Flying School, Hanger Hill, Acton
Position: Royal Flying Corps, later Royal Air Force, Lieutenant 48th Squadron
Killed in action: 10th May 1918, aged 21
Buried: Heath Cemetery, Harbonniers, France
Our huge thanks to Mr Yeld for getting in touch. Our history and traditions are incredibly important to us, and we love hearing more about our past – especially these brave young men that went to war and sacrificed themselves for our freedom.