23 March 1918: 2nd Lieut. Norman Stanford Agate

Born Emsworth, Hampshire 10 November 1894

Parents Alfred (a grocer and wine/ale merchant) and Annie (née White).

Age 6 at the 1901 Census, Norman was living at home (5 Tower Street, Warblington) with his parents and older brother Charlton, as well as widow Helen Spencer and her son Thomas and servants Kate and Nell. 

Churcher’s College, Petersfield.

Educated at Holmsdale House School, Worthing and at Churcher’s College, Petersfield. At the 1911 Census, age 16, Norman was a boarder at Churcher’s College.

He matriculated London University in 1911. 

After which he became a clerk for the London and South Coast Railway.

Enlisted 4 Sept 1914 arriving in France March 1915.

Contracted pneumonia and was invalided home March 1916.

On recovering Norman underwent a period of training at Magdalen College, Oxford. He returned to France March 1917 and served as an Intelligence and Signal Officer.

Cambrai 21 March 1918

He was wounded in action near Cambrai 21 March 1918.

Died of his wounds at No.56 Casualty Clearing Station near Albert 23 March.

His brother was Charlton Stanford Agate who jointly developed the Radio Direction Finding System and was in charge of design and development at the Gramophone Co.


2nd Lieut. Norman Stanford Agate 18th Bn London Irish Rifles The London Regiment

23 March 1918 died of wounds


Sources: De Ruvigny’s Vol. III, Magdalen College in the Great War, 1901 & 1911 Census Returns (Ancestry).