Norman Bruce Ramsay

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Major Norman Bruce Ramsay, M.C, T.D
Life dates
11 Feb 1896 - 17 Nov 1953
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Born February 1896 Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Eldest son of Norman Frederick Ramsay (1863-1935), lock manufacturer, and Ada Elizabeth Wyand (1867-1920), of The Grange, Alnmouth, Northumberland. Norman Sn. died in a air crash while taking part in an "air treasure hunt". He married Mrs Melissa Bremridge (nee Laurence) the widow of Lieutenant Commander J.P.A Bremridge in St Martins in the Field, London, on 5 Nov 1928.

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Coleshill House, GHQ Deputy Commander Auxiliary Units 19 May 1943 1944

Uppingham School (Cadet Lance Serjeant, Uppingham School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Traning Corps)

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Commissioned or Enlisted
1 Aug 1939



First commissioned 27 January 1914 6th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, Territorial Force.

27 Jan 1914 2nd Lieutenant.

June 1915 Battalion moved to France.

14 Jan 1916 Awarded Military Cross.

14 Jan 1917 Temporary Captain.

23 Mar 1917 relinquishes his commission on account of ill health caused by wounds. Honorary Captain.

1921 Awarded 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, also Silver War Badge.

3 Jan 1921 Re-enlisted as Temporary 2nd Lieutenant Northumberland Fusiliers.

16 Apr 1926 Commissioned Lieutenant in Ayrshire Yeomanry.

17 Mar 1928 Captain.

1 Apr 1932 The Ayrshire Yeomanry (Earl of Carrick's Own) - Territorial Army

1 Aug 1939 Captain commissioned, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders - Territorial Army.

24 Aug 1939 Territorial Army mobilised.

1940 Acting Major.

15 Mar 1940 Temporary Major.

23 June 1940 Number 11 Commando formed with Major N B Ramsay 2nd in command.

20 Dec 1940 Mentioned In Dispatches (for operations in the field on 3 June 1940).

Jan 1941 Number 11 Commando to Middle East. Major Ramsay transferred out.

15 Aug 1943 War Substantive Major.

15 Aug 1943-1944 Temporary Lieutenant Colonel probably appointed Deputy Commander of AUXILIARY UNITS.

20 Apr 1944 Awarded TD (Territorial Decoration).

15 Apr 1945-1947 Temporary Lieutenant Colonel.

1 Sept 1948 Retired as exceeded age limit. Given Honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 1949 Received a Polish medal possibly Kawalerow Orderu, Odrodzenia Polski?

The Grange, Alnmouth, Northumberland
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From WW1 service record:

4 Aug 1914 Mobilised.

France 20 Apr 1915, to Flanders, fought in 2nd Battle of Ypres.

Wounded Armentieres 5 Aug 1915.

Hospital France 5 Aug 1915 - 5 Sept 1915. Hospital England 5 Sept 1915 - 31 Dec 1917.

Mentioned in Despatches Dec 1915.

Awarded M.C 1 Jan 1916.

Discharged 23 Mar 1917 as result of wounds received in 1915.

24 April 1924 awarded War pension. Judged to be 40% permanently disabled (gunshot wounds, right hand, right thigh and pelvis, and neurasthenia). Letter addressed to Captain Norman Bruce Ramsey.

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Ramsay medal card
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Ramsay in group WW2 far right
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Norman Bruce Ramsay MC TD

London Gazette

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Beatrice Temple Diary

Newcastle Journal 07 November 1928